Course Content and Outcome Guide for DRF 271

Course Number:
DRF 271
Course Title:
SolidWorks Advanced
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Course Description

Covers advanced editing and modeling options, configurations of assemblies, sheet metal, and top-down assembly modeling. Prerequisite: DRF 270. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The course is designed to be a process or task based approach to learning the individual features and functions of SolidWorks, thereby emphasizing processes and procedures for completion of any task. By building actual parts and assemblies, the student should learn the necessary commands, options and menus in the context of completing a design task.

Prerequisites: DRF 270.

Students must be capable of reading and communicating in the English language and may be required to pass a listening competency test administered by the department. Students who may have a disability and wish an accommodation should make arrangements to meet with the instructor outside of class to discuss specific requests. Any request for accommodation may require that documentation of disability be reviewed by the Office of Students with Disabilities.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented by means of short lecture/discussion sessions and laboratory projects. Individualized instruction will be provided while the student is working on assigned projects. Open laboratory time will be made available, and may be necessary to complete the given tasks.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation procedures and grading criteria will be discussed during the first class meeting.


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student shall have satisfactorily accomplished the goals and objectives listed in the course content guide. The course content guide is initially developed and subsequently reviewed by college wide subject area faculty, and approved by this institution's upper administration.

1.0 Editing Options

Instructional Goal:
    A. Diagnose problems in a part and repair them
    B. Utilize all the available tools to edit and make changes to a part
    C. Understand how modeling techniques effect the ability to modify a part

2.0 Modeling Advanced Shapes

Instructional Goal:
    A. Understand the difference between sweep and loft
    B. Create curves through data points
    C. Create non-planar curve by projecting a sketch onto a surface
    D. Create variable radius fillet
    E. Create boss and cut features by sweeping
    F. Model threads
    G. Create boss by lofting between profile shapes
    H. Model free-form shapes using advanced lofting and filleting techniques

3.0 Sheet Metal

Instructional Goal:
    A. Add bends to create a sheet metal part
    B. Add additional features to the part in its flattened state
    C. Link features such as cuts and bosses to the part's metal thickness
    D. Refold the modified part back into its formed state
    E. Discuss how design intent effects the approach to sheet metal parts
    F. Display the bend sequence with configurations
    G. Design in the flat
    H. Edit bend parameters
    I. Use the Feature Pallete window to insert Palette Features and Formed Features

4.0 Configurations of Assemblies

Instructional Goal:
    A. Use different configurations of component parts within an assembly
    B. Build configurations of an assembly
    C. Employ interference detection to check for design problems in an assembly
    D. Use configurations in conjunction with drawings to create views of different representations of assemblies
    E. Use lightweight components to improve system performance with large assemblies
    F. Create an assembly design table using Excel, and insert it into the assembly
    G. Access different configurations of the part/assembly created by the design table

5.0 Top-Down Assembly Modeling

Instructional Goal:
    A. Build a new part in the context of an assembly
    B. Create features in the assembly context by referencing geometry in mating parts
    C. Reference assembly parts
    D. Create assembly patterns
    E. Remove external references from a copied part