PROD311-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Drawing and Solid CAD Modelling

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Advanced sketching for conceptual product design and communication. Advanced 3D computer-aided drawing and solid modelling, with finite element analysis for strength and durability. Preparation of models for rapid-prototyping (additive manufacture/3D printing).

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will develop skills in digital sketching for the communication and development of conceptual product design.
2. Students will be familiar with industry-standard computer-aided design packages for the development and communication of detailed product design drawings.
3. Students will gain an understanding in designing for and manufacturing in a range of digital production techniques including additive and subtractive manufacturing.
4. Students will be able to use simulation tools to assess structural viability and optimise their designs in response to predicted in-service loading.
5. Students will be able to apply generative design tools to create organic, high-performance geometries and create physical models thereof using digital manufacturing techniques.
6. Students become proficient at creating designs, digital outputs, and programming for various digital manufacturing techniques.
7. Students will gain awareness of the cost and scale implications of the techniques employed and make decisions about their viability in future design projects.


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre (20/2-19/3)
- (23/4-28/5)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 A6 Lecture Theatre (18/2-24/3)
- (21/4-26/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (19/2-18/3)
- (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
02 Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00 Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (18/2-24/3)
- (21/4-26/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
03 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Len Lye 201 Computer Lab (17/2-16/3)
- (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 - (17/2-23/3, 20/4)
Online Delivery (4/5-25/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
02 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 - (19/2-18/3, 22/4)
Online Delivery (25/3, 29/4-27/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
03 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 - (20/2-19/3, 23/4)
Online Delivery (30/4-28/5)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Nick Emerson

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Wendy Zhang


Portfolio of Lab Activities (Individual); 30% in total:

• Extended task one, 10%; Students will be asked to produce a 3D digital model with sufficient embedded design intent that the model is robust to change (within parameters specified). Due: End of week 7
• Extended task two, 10%; Students will be tasked with producing 3D digital toolpaths and CNC code for the 3D router sufficient to manufacture a 3D part with complex curvature. Due: End of week 7
• Extended task three, 10%; Students will use Finite Element Analysis and Topology Optimisation to review and amend the design of a given part, ensuring that the part remains suitable for the manufacturing technique specified. Due: End of week 12
For each submission, students will produce a short, explanatory overview document (single side of A4) explaining their design process and rationale.

Exploration of Digital Manufacturing (group); 40 % in total:

For the major design task you will work in small design teams (three) to:
• Determine an appropriate market/segment for the exploitation of small-scale digital design and manufacture
• Design and produce a part/assembly/product that is customisable for a user in terms of geometry (e.g. fit, integration), and/or aesthetics, and/or structural capacity (e.g. load bearing capacity, flexure).
• Prepare for, and manufacture a prototype using digital manufacturing techniques
• Communicate the design process via high quality design documentation (poster, digital model, prototype)
For this submission, each team will produce an explanatory overview document (eight sides of A4 for body text) detailing their research, design process and rationale. In addition team must produce digital and physical prototypes to demonstrate the part/assembly/product.

Textbooks / Resources

Diegel, O., Nordin, A., and Motte, D. A Practical Guide to Design for Additive Manufacturing. Springer, 2020, available as ebook from the library and widely available online

Kurowski, P. Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers. SAE International. 2004, available as ebook from the library and widely available online

Akin, J. Finite Element Analysis Concepts via Solidworks. World Scientific. 2009, available as ebook from the library and widely available online

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.

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