Intermediate CAD: Assembly & Simulation

Intermediate CAD: Assembly & Simulation

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Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm

Workshop Description

The Intermediate CAD workshop provides a 5-session training that builds upon the skills learned in the Beginner workshop. Workshop topics include designing, assembling and simulating components to fabricate a functioning pneumatic (operated by air pressure) robotic arm.

Participants learn how to use the same CAD features that professional product designers and engineers use to design and test their products, gaining hands-on experience with industry leader AutoDesk's Fusion360 software. These are the essential skills needed to become a professional or teacher in industries including biomedical engineering, automotive engineering, robotics and more.


    • Understand how to identify and use CAD features to create components and joints and to run simulations
    • Constrain and place translational, rotary and cylindrical joints
    • Run stress, modal frequency and shape optimization analyses to test and optimize parts
    • Alter material properties to accurately prototype models
    • Create animations and isometric drawings to present designs
    • Troubleshoot and develop mechanical parts using workflow tools and other Fusion360 features
    • Create assemblies for 3D printing and physical prototyping

    Sessions: 5
    Classtime Per Session: 2 hours
    Classtime Total: 10 hours
    Office Hours Available Per Week: 1 hour
    Meeting Time: Monday 6:30pm
    Holidays: No class Thanksgiving Week (11/20) or Winter Break (12/25)

    Participant Experience Level: Completion of Beginner CAD or equivalent
    3D Printing and Workshop Kit: 3D printing and Robotic Arm Accessory Kit for final project included

    Instructor: Elizabeth Adelaide

    Elizabeth is an experienced robotics instructor and practitioner, teaching with the robotics education non-profit Iridescent for four years and working on related projects including CADing for integrated circuit design and product design, urban resilience efforts to ease access to solar power and emergency communications, and developing autonomous robotics algorithms.

    She believes in hands-on, processed based learning and developing the skills needed to approach new problems. She is also a poet who can be found giving readings in various parts of NYC.

    B.E., Electrical Engineering, The Cooper Union


    More Details

    Who should take this workshop: Anyone seeking hands on-experience using the assembly and simulation features of CAD to fabricate functioning designs. Never CADed before? Try the Beginner workshop first.

    Career applications for this workshop: This workshop develops essential skills to advance to a professional level of CADing in industries that involve physical, often mechanical products including robotics, aeronautics, automotive and more.

    What are office hours like?

    Weekly office hours are available for participants remotely for assistance with homework or questions about the material.

    Fusion360 Software: Free for classroom and home use.

    Laptop Requirements: Participants use their personal laptop, which must have the following system requirements:

    Cancellation Policy: Refunds up to 7 days before start of workshop. If workshop was purchased on CourseHorse, their cancellation policy applies to your purchase. For CourseHorse customers who need help canceling or have any questions, please visit CourseHorse.

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