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A Project-Centered Freshman Engineering Graphics and Design Course

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Ronald E. Barr, Thomas J. Krueger, Ted A. Aanstoos

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Paper No. IMECE2002-32085, pp. 757-762; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3628-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Our group is developing a new project-centered “Freshman Engineering Graphics and Design” course. The project-centered approach emphasizes a desire for individual learning, teamwork, and communication abilities using modern computer graphics tools. The modular graphics and design curriculum emphasizes the development of a 3-D geometric computer model and application of this digital database to design analysis, simulation, prototyping, and documentation. The students work as a team to dissect a common mechanical assembly. They measure the parts, make hand sketches, build computer models, perform various analyses, and make rapid prototypes of their assembly. At the conclusion of this integrated graphics and design project, the team assembles a final report. This paper presents some preliminary results in implementing these new course objectives in the Spring 2002 semester.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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