Abstract – Arguably, computer-aided design has emerged as the most significant change agent in manufacturing during the past decade. The switch from constructive solid geometry based solid modeling systems to parametric solid modeling has positively impacted manufacturing industries worldwide. Solid modeling technology has now advanced to a stage where it has become the precursor to a wide array of engineering analyses including finite element analysis. These recent developments suggest that we can make a case for a mandatory course in solid modeling enabled manufacturing analysis for all manufacturing engineering and technology majors. Until recently, the manufacturing engineering technology degree program at Northern Illinois University did not require students to take a course in solid modeling or kinematic analysis. This paper describes the efforts made by the authors to fill this void that existed in the curriculum. We pose a rationale for establishing a new course and describe the planning and specific implementation details of the resulting three-credit course in solid modeling and manufacturing analysis
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