Go in depth into ME 302 Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics

ME 302 is a freshman level introduction to engineering design and graphics course. As part of this course, students learn the fundamentals of computer-aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA) and computer-aided machining (CAM), along with an introduction to manufacturing processes (machining, casting, injection molding, 3D printing, etc.) and electronics. Over the course of the semester, students participate in a hands-on design project where they design a mechanical object using solid modeling software, analyze the mechanical properties of the object that they designed by performing structural finite element analysis (drop test, thermal expansion, etc.), and build the object by creating molds using CAM and CNC machining and injection molding their final part. Overall, the course teaches students about integrated design and manufacturing, practical implementation via machining, molding and finite element studies, and introduces students engineering communication and ethics.