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Module aims

  • This module will give participants an in-depth learning experience in computer-aided design and hands-on experience on the processes of computer-aided manufacturing, using state-of-the-art equipment.
  • In the first part of the module the participants will use the knowledge gained in Engineering Design Process and utilise 3D modelling software to design and create models.
  • The participants will then develop their understanding of structured data within CAD/CAM systems and the use of data transfer methods to transfer the data to the CAM system.
  • The use of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines to produce various products will be covered. The module will also explore the simulation of a Flexible Management System and production centres to create a real-time manufacturing environment.

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how geometrical models are structured within a CAD System and how the database of such models may be accessed by other applications.
  • Express how machine tools operate and how geometrical models can be translated into machine tool motion.
  • Analyse how CAM tools such as process planning, automation and simulation can enhance manufacture.
  • Evaluate the capability of CADCAM in terms of efficient exchange of data and in terms of effective product data management.
  • Recognise the role that simulation has in Industry to create a real time manufacturing environment.