Module Title:3-D Computer Modelling
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learner is immersed in a range of collaborative, problem-solving activities, to investigate and evaluate where design can propose solutions for commercial and social benefit. The holistic, student-centred studio-based approach, facilitated by faculty, is intended to negotiate, facilitate and guide learner engagement and scaffold a deep-learning using the following strategies: Lectures, Studio based learning and Self-directed independent learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the concept and principles of computer-aided design using three-dimensional solid modelling and mechanical design software. To introduce learners to the key user interface elements (screen navigation and mouse skills) and the fundamental skills and concepts central to the successful use of the software. To demonstrate when and how to apply the essential programme tools and features necessary to successfully create and build parametric solid models and assemblies. To encourage learners to accumulate a broad range of part modeling techniques and procedures applicable to product design applications. To ensure that learners understand the stages required in the production of detailed engineering drawings that conform to recognised international standards. Solid modelling programmes are generally feature-rich applications and this module is too short to cover every aspect of a solid-modelling package. Therefore, the focus of this module is on demonstrating the fundamental skills and concepts central to the successful use and integration of three-dimensional solid modelling with other course work.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Recall principle modelling concepts necessary for successful three dimensional parametric solid modelling.
LO2 Demonstrate good user interface skills through efficient screen navigation of menus, toolbars, etc. and through co-ordination of various input devices such as keyboard and mouse, pointers, tablets or touch screens.
LO3 Select the appropriate system-defined plane for the base sketch and recognise when to use planer faces and user-defined planes for boss sketches and base/boss features. Produce fully defines sketches through specification of dimensions and control of geometric relationships. Determine and apply appropriate dimensioning methodologies to convey design intent.
LO4 Create a range of solids using base and boss features and to understand how parameters of these features can be edited to regenerate the model. Demonstrate a good level of proficiency in utilizing sketches and features for building simple solid models of parts such as castings, mouldings and extrusions.
LO5 Prepare 2D orthographic drawings directly from files generated in a 3D modeling environment. Generate a suite of technical drawings that conform to standard dimensioning practices and that are fully annotated with notes and additional information required for prototyping and/or production.
LO6 Integrate solid-modeling skills and outputs to complement other course work
LO7 To review skills & deliverables from the module and submit a futue development plan
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Coursework will cover the basic concepts and terminology used in three-dimensional solid-modelling applications such as: Feature-based Modelling, Parametric Modelling, Solid-modelling, Design Intent, Benefits of Solid-modelling.
2D Profile Sketching
Most three-dimensional solid models begin with a two-dimensional profile sketch and becoming comfortable with using the various sketch tools, sketching techniques and sketch definition is, therefore, very important. e.g. Sketching and Sketch Tools, Construction Planes, Sketch Relations, Dimensioning, Standard Views, Isometric and Perspective, View Rotation and Zoom.
3D Feature-based Modelling
A typical computer-generated solid model will be a combination of individual solid-modelling features. Coursework will cover the tools and techniques necessary to create three-dimensional base features from two-dimensional profile sketches, for example: Extruded features, Cut - extrusions, Revolved features, Sweeps, Lofted features Coursework will also cover how to utilise and combine a range of applied features to these base features in order to build a more complete solid model, for example: Fillets, Chamfers Shell features Coursework will also cover more advanced feature-based modelling techniques for part models such as: Rib Features, Boss Features, Mirror Features, Countersunk and Counter-bore Hole Features, View Sectioning and Adding Text.
Assembly Modelling
Coursework will cover the various stages required in assembly modelling such as: Adding and positioning the first component, Mating components to each other, Exploded Views Assembly Analysis Techniques, such as mass property calculations and dynamic interference detection.
Technical Drawing Files
Coursework will cover the various stages required in the production of detailed engineering drawings using standard drawing templates conforming to recognised international standards. Opening a drawing file, Standard template selection, custom templates / title blocks. Drawing views: standard, named, section, detail and aligned. Model dimensions, Annotations and Driven Dimensions
Computer Lab – access to a dedicated computer lab with suite of software (SolidWorks, PhotoWorks 360, KeyShot and Adobe Creative Cloud Suite). Lecturer workstation connected to an overhead projector, projection screen and white board.
Computers/Plotters/Printers – in this year each learner requires the use of a personal computer of suitable specification to run software used on the design programme. There should be access to printing and plotting facilities in order to complete final deliverables..
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Parts and assembly files submitted on suitable storage media for assessment and checking. 1,2,3,4 45.00 Sem 1 End
Project Solid modelling element of a Studio based project. 1,2,3,4,5,6 25.00 Sem 1 End
Portfolio Submission of a portfolio showing content and development during the year across the six key learning streams. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 20.00 Week 30
Oral Examination/Interview Learners will present for interview and produce a reflective chart reviewing performance across the six key learning streams & future development plan. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 10.00 Week 30
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_DHPDI_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Innovation 2 Mandatory
CW_DHIDE_D Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design 2 Mandatory