IET 265.001
Three-Dimensional Modeling 
(Using SolidWorks)
Spring Quarter 2008

Class Website

Final grades are posted at the link below.  The grade breakdown for the Final Project can be found  by clicking on the tab named "Final" on the bottom of the Excel document.

This was an excellent class and I anticipate that all of you have gained a good deal of knowledge of design using SolidWorks and will apply what you have learned in your careers ahead.  SolidWorks is constantly innovating so make certain that you keep up with it in the years to come.

As a whole the Final Projects were excellent with many putting in the extra effort.

Some projects that I thought displayed extra design features (that I was able to get an image of) are included in the Design Gallery link below. 

Good Luck and send me an occasional email.  CSS 

Click on the following links

Class  Assignments 
Information Instructions in txt format 
or images in jpg format.
in MS Word format
Class Schedule
in MS Excel format
CAD Lab Schedule
in MS Excel format
Grade Sheet
in MS Excel format
Student Resources
in HTML format with images
SolidWorks Models
SolidWorks files for downloading
Collection of outstanding designs


Drawing Guidance:

The following are tips on getting a decent grade on your drawings for your design assignments.

  • The premise here is to make your drawings as neat and as readable as possible eliminating errors and ambiguity. 
    • Remember, in the real world, mistakes and ambiguity cost time and money.
      • In this class these mistakes will impact your grade.
    • Always present your best work, fix your own mistakes!
      • Double check your work before giving it to others. 
        • Check it on screen first
          • If any errors are found correct them before printing
        • Check the printed copy second
          • If any errors are found make the corrections then reprint.
      • If I find these mistakes and mark up your work it will affect your grade.
Generalized Grading Criteria:

The list below may be modified as the quarter progresses:

    • Center your drawing views in the drawing area so that it fills the page without over crowding or leaving excess space.
      • Try to provide equal spacing between your drawing views and the top and bottom of the page as well as from the left and right
        • This includes drawn objects as well as notes and dimensions.
        • The spacing between the drawing views and the border of the drawing should be about half of the spacing between each of the drawings views in the field of the drawing.
    • Dimension your drawing views according to conventional standards
      • Move dimensions around to avoid "crowding"
      • Include the word "TYPICAL" following dimensions that can apply to similar items in the same view such as a series of holes, fillets or row and column offsets.
      • The isometric view should have no dimensions in it. 
    • Properly fill in your title block, with CAPITALS only.
    • Provide an appropriate sheet scale (a scale that applies to every view in your drawing):
      • Use standard scales such as
        • Metric: 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:10 and similar multiples.
        • SAE: 1:1, 1:2 (6" = 1'-0"), 1:4 (3" = 1'-0"), 1:6 (2" = 1'-0"), 1:8 (1-1/2" = 1'-0"), 1:12 (1" = 1'-0"), 1:16 (3/4" = 1'-0") and similar multiples of 2,4 and 8.
        • Automatic scales added such as 1:3, 1:7. 1.5:1 and other non traditional scales need to be modified to standard scales.
      • Label each view with its own scale if it is different from the sheet scale.
      • The isometric view should have no scale label on it.
    • Provide a proper View Title, in CAPITALS with UNDERLINED TEXT.
      • Position the View Title centered under the drawing view.
      • The View Title should have the following information answered in the following order top to bottom, what is it? what view is it? what scale is it (if different from the sheet scale)? and any note references that apply to that view. 
      • Label each view with its own scale if it is different from the sheet scale.
    Avoid duplicate information, this leads to ambiguity.

Start Project No. 1 (Chapter step by step exercises).

These projects will be covered in class, reading and practicing ahead is a good way to stay caught up. Follow the progression in the book from page 1-1 through 1-102.

Complete the following assignments:

  • 1.1e
  • 1.1h
  • 1.2c
  • 1.2e
These assignments are due on Friday March 28, on your new drawing template that we will create Thursday during class.  Print out on "A" sized paper (8.5" x 11"), landscape orientation.

To do this week:

Design assignments include 1.3, and 1.5a-d.

Complete Project No. 1, hand in a drawing each for the Plate and the Rod.

Four drawings total.

Design Assignment 1.3:

  • On "A" sized sheet landscape
  • Rearrange the dimensions and add the appropriate text as was shown on Tuesday
  • Show hidden lines in the appropriate views
Design Assignment 1.5a through 1.5d:
  • On "B" sized sheet landscape, 4 parts on one sheet
  • Scale 2:1
  • Show hidden lines in the appropriate views
  • Place the 9 Hole Flat Bar on the bottom
  • Precision, 4 digits after the decimal
  • Use 0.1875 and 0.4375 for the 0.188 and 0.438 values
Project No. 1, for both the Plate and the Rod (create the Guide but do not hand in a drawing for it this week)
  • On "B" sized sheet landscape
  • Scale 2:1
  • Show hidden lines in the front, side and top views
Consider the images below as a guide for this week's drawings

The following is how your Title Block should look for the drawings due this week.  Make any additions and corrections necessary as shown below.  Make sure you make these corrections to your template files. 

To change the units go to "sheet format" right click on the text block, choose "Properties" and make your text changes. Your "Name" (company name), "Initials" (drawn by), and "Date" (drawn date (use a current date)) are set by selecting the "Properties" option from the "File" pull down menu, choosing the "Custom" tab and selecting and filling out the appropriate entry.  The "Part Description" is imported from your part or assembly being inserted into your drawing.  The sheet scale is set when you import a part or assembly and will change when this is modified on the sheet.  The drawing file name is what you name the drawing file.  All the text in your drawing should be CAPITALS excepting the drawing file name. 



To do this week:

Design assignments include: 

  • Exploded view animation starting on page 2-52.  This will be demonstrated to me at your computer at the beginning of class on Thursday, 20 pts. Extra points for extra elements.
  • Assignments 2.1 and 2.3a.
Two drawings and one demonstration.

For Tuesday April 15, have completed the design assignment 2.3b.  This will be demonstrated to me at your computer at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 20 pts.


Skip the section on Cosmos beginning on page 2-83.

Design Assignment 2.1

  • The parts and assembly for the MGPM12-10 can be found at the "SolidWorks Models" link above, download like we did for the Sarrus Mechanism.
  • "B" sized sheet landscape,
  • The assembly in four views and the top view of the baseplate all on one sheet
  • Scale 1:4
  • Properly dimension the plate only (except for plate thickness).
  • Include a note or dimension to define the plate thickness
  • Extra points for extra details


Design Assignment 2.3a

  • The parts and assemblies for the "Air Cylinder" can be found at the "SolidWorks Models" link above, download like we did for the Sarrus Mechanism. 
  • Complete the assignment per the book
CAUTION: If the individual parts are not built correctly or are not fully defined they will not assemble properly and will not move in the simulation for Tuesday.
  • Remember to "mate" to surfaces, planes and faces only (not edges or vertices, or it may not move!). 
  • The fixed component in your LINKAGE assembly is the "AirCylinder.SLDASM".  "Fix" the origin of the "AirCylinder.SLDASM" to the origin of your LINKAGE assembly.
  • We will do this in class on Thursday.
To do this week:
  • For Tuesday: Design assignment 2.3b.  This will be demonstrated at your computer at the beginning of class, 20 pts.
  • Project No. 3, 2 drawings.
Design assignment includes: 
  • Exercise 3.7 to be covered on Thursday

Project No. 3

  • Follow the step by step approach in the book.
  • Follow every step, missing or changed elements not reflected in your drawings will be graded off.
  • The following image has the inch equivalents to the metric tolerance inclusion in the title block.  Include this for all of your inch drawings.
  • There will be two drawings.
The drawing below may not be correct for a complete grade but will serve as a guide, please follow the book.

Produce the drawing below following the book


Design Assignment 3.7

  • This drawing contains geometric tolerancing and other similar callouts.
  • Refer to the "Student Resources" link above and then the "Portion of the text named 'Engineering Graphics and Design'" link on at that page for an 18 page description of the various geometric tolerancing symbols and their meanings.  Questions on this material will also be on Tuesday's examination and on examination 2.
Produce the drawing below following the book

To do this week:
  • Design assigments 4.3 and 4.6.
    • Follow the book.
    • Use fastners from the "toolbox".
    • B sized paper for the three drawings.
    • More details will be available in class.

Design Assignment 4.3

Part drawing:

  • Produce a part drawing for the SLOT PLATE and L-BRACKET as instructed in the book.
  • "B" sized sheet landscape.
  • Include all of the appropriate dimensions that would fully define your parts.
  • Use all of the drawing elements that have been included in past drawings (check last week's markups).
Assembly drawing:
  • Produce a FLYWHEEL assembly drawing with balloons and a Bill of Materials as instructed in the book.
  • "B" sized sheet landscape.
  • Use all of the drawing elements that have been included in past drawings (check last week's markups).
Design Assignment 4.6
  • Produce a part and assembly drawing similar to (but not the same) as the one shown below. 
  • Include the front, top, right side views.
  • Use a bimetric or trimetric view of the pump and plate assembly in lieu of the usual isometric view.
  • "B" sized sheet, landscape.
  • Include all of the appropriate dimensions that would fully define your PUMP PLATE.
  • Find the pressure rating for the pump and include it in a note.
  • Use all of the drawing elements that have been included in past drawings (check last week's markups).

For all of the drawings this week there is plenty of opportunity for extra credit.  Additional elements that enhance the design can produce up to 5 points extra per drawing.  These elements may include:

  • Legs or brackets on the plates, include dimensions
  • Title block fills beyond the usual such as material, weight, finish...  etc.
  • Design flourishes such as spokes and cutouts on the flywheel
  • Extra parts added to the assembly.

To do this week: 6 items.
  • Project 4 on 2 sheets
      • BATTERY and BATTERY PLATE drawing
      • BULB and LENS drawing
    4.4 drawings (4 total) and extra credit for PhotoWorks images.

    PROJECT NO. 4 

    Skip the part in the beginning, lines 1-45.  This involves templates that we already have established.  However, for the dual units use inches on top (dual units on bottom).  Also skip the part on Mold Tools 4-70 to the end of the section (a potential choice for your final project).

    Combine the BATTERY and BATTERY PLATE on one sheet and the BULB  and LENS on the second sheet. 

    • Provide 2 views plus the isometric view. 
    • Dual units with inches as primary and on top.
    • "B" sized sheet-landscape, Sheet scale 1:2 insert and label the BULB at 2:1
    • Do not include material or finish but provide the words "VARIES" for the material section and "NONE" in the finish section.
    • Hidden Lines Visible in the BATERY and BATTERY PLATE front views, for the BULB in the front and isometric views and for the LENS in all views.
    • Provide a detail view of the BATTERY PLATE  to display the multiple radius fillets.
    • Provide other views as needed to display any other details that may seem appropriate.
    • For the LENS suppress the "Lens Shield" to make the seat of the bulb visible in the front view, insert the Hole Callout as a model item.
    The BULB AND LENS drawing below is a guide, add your own details and views as desired.  Make sure you have all of the dimensions, callouts and notes needed to fully describe the items. 

    EXERCISE 4.4 

    Create each of the items shown in the book including the cup, glass, vase and tray (4 total).  You have liberty with design. 

    • Units are your choice. 
    • "A" sized sheet, landscape, handed in via the "Box"
    • 2 views with an isometric view 
    • Fill in the Title Block 
    • Extra credit for extra details 
    • Your grade is partially dependant on quantity of dimensions, 5 minimum with the usual height, widths, wall thickness, etc... and others that may describe your design.
      • I'll explain the dimensioning of splines in class.
    • Up to 5 points extra credit each for a PhotoWorks rendering for each of the assignments above, email them to me.
      • Each rendering must have different qualities to them for full credit
      • Include the basics like centering and adjusting lights to make the view appealing

    To do this week: 4 items.
    • 5.1 drawing
    • 5.3 drawing
    • 5.5 drawing
    Final Project abstract, this has been revised since Tuesday.

    EXERCISE 5.1

    "A" sized sheet, landscape.
    Front, Top, Isometric, Section and a Detail View (at twice the scale).
    Hidden LInes Showing in the top view.
    Show the sketch and the 4 sketch related dimensions in the Detail View of the Section.

    EXERCISE 5.3

    "A" or "B" sized sheet, landscape.
    3 views and isometric.
    Extra credit for extra dimensionable details.
    Include a note or dimension(s) describing the position of the center of your circular sweep cut profile.

    EXERCISE 5.5

    Include every feature shown or described in the book.
    "B" sized sheet, landscape.
    Top, Front, Section (for wall thickness), Isometric, Detail view of the threads with dimensions, and other views and notes as needed to describe your design.
    Extra credit for extra dimensionable details.

    Final Project abstract, see the link Student Resources above for further information, this has been revised since Tuesday.

    To do this week: 4 items.
    • Project 5 Drawings (3)
      • 2 parts drawings
      • 1 Assembly drawing
    More drawing details below. 

    Final Project Abstract updates, if any in Word format via email.

    "FLASHLIGHT PARTS", Switch, O-Ring and Lenscap

    • "B" sized sheet, landscape.
    • Scale 1:2
    • Materials, "VARIES", Finish, "NONE"
    • Front, Right and Isometric Views for the Switch and O Ring
      • Place these items on the left side of the sheet
    • Front and Top Views of the Lenscap
      • Top View with Hidden Lines Showing
    • Section of the Lenscap from the Front View looking right and placed in lieu of the Right View showing draft angles, thread height and pitch and other detail dimensions
    • Front and Top Views to show large scale dimensions like length, width and diameters
    • Detail View showing sketch of dimensioned thread profile and/or a note describing these details plus the number of thread revolutions
    • "B" sized sheet, landscape.
    • Scale 1:2
    • Materials, "PLASTIC", Finish, "NONE"
    • Front, Right, Top, Isometric Views
    • Section from the Front View looking right and placed to the right of the Right View
    • Right and Top Views to show large scale dimensions
    • Front and Section Views to show feature dimensions
    • Detail View showing sketch of dimensioned thread profile and/or a note describing these details plus the number of thread revolutions
    • Organize your dimensions
    • "B" sized sheet, landscape.
    • Scale 1:2
    • Materials, "VARIES", Finish, "NONE"
    • Front, Right, Top, Isometric Views
    • Section from the Front View looking left and placed to the right of the Right View
    • Provide only 3 dimensions, total length, maximum width and height. 

    To do this week: 1 item.
    • Final Project drawings
      • Basic (not final) parts and assembly drawings, images or models depending on what is required per your abstract reply from Week 8.

    Details on the design portion of Examination No. 2 follow below. 
    These items can be accomplished before and used for the exam. 

    Create the following, building on your design from Examination No. 1

    You will create three additional components the 
    Barrow, Back Leg and the Handle.

    The Barrow will be a Loft Feature with sketches drawn on two planes with sketch fillets.  The top sketch will be on the Top Plane with the bottom sketch on a plane 8 inches below the Top Plane at the back and inverted at a 8 degree angle.  After the loft there will be a shell feature selecting the top face at 0.20" thick.  Add texture using Brushed Metal 4.  Use a texture scale at the bottom.

     The Back Leg will be a sweep feature as shown.  The bolt holes will be 
    10" apart.  Color will be dark gray.

    The handle will be your own design.  Standard credit for a no frills design.  Extra credit for finger grooves, ribs and other features.  Material is rubber.

    Extra credit will be offered on extra details added to any feature as long as it adds to either the form or function of the overall design.  Examples include, but are not limited to, treads on the tire, axle caps with flourishes (think, Ben Hur and the chariot race scene), fenders, head lights, a brace connecting the Back Legs, a pour spout on the front of the Barrow, streamers and hand guards on the handle.

    Modifications to the Examination No. 1 parts include a new hole 10 inches behind the last hole in the Side Mount to allow for the attachment of the Back Leg.

    The Wheel Mount will now be two different parts, Wheel Mount Left and Wheel Mount Right.  Prior to the exam, delete the holes in the Wheel Mount before making a copy and renaming them.  Both of these will be modified "in context" with the assembly during the exam.

    We will create a new assembly and name it "Wheel Barrow".  Make certain that all of your parts from Examination No. 1 have been corrected, see your markups from the last exam.  Insert the axle (built with the profile on the right plane) "fixed" to the origin in the new assembly.  Next, add the Wheel Assembly as a sub-assembly.  With the center hole, provide a concentric relation to the axle and with the right plane of the sub-assembly a coincident relation with the right plane of the assembly. Add the Front Connector and the Side Mounts without any relations with the Axle and the Wheel Assembly sub-assembly yet (we will finish this during the exam).  Mate the right plane of the Front Connector  to the right plane of the assembly.  Mate the Side Mounts to the Front Connector like we did for Examination No. 1.  AThe bears in the back ground seem rather content.  I donít understand the behavior, but If bears are like dogs, smelling the rear end of your own kind is a pursuit my dogs certainly enjoy.   the Wheel Mounts to the Side Connectors with the left one on on the left side when facing the front while holding the handles.

    Details on the drawing portion of this design will be available during the exam.
    Finish your Final Project parts and assemblies this week and hand in your final parts and assembly drawings in the box.


    Final Project Presentation Procedures:

    In the CAD lab, on the day and at the time allotted for the final:

    Please copy a folder, with your name in the title, of your project onto the instructor's computer on my "desktop" into a folder named 080604-Final Project.  Come early if you can, however, there is a class final preceding ours and we must be respectful of their time.  Please leave your folder on the desktop when you are done with the presentation so that I can grade the parts and assembly portion of your project. 

    Our presentations may run a little past the time allotted.  Please prepare for that and let me know if you have other time conflicts with this.

    I will have a presentation schedule posted on the website Tuesday evening. 

    The grade sheet has been updated along with a tab named "Final" containing a grading template for the presentation portion of your Final Project. 


    The following images display designs that I believe show 
    extraordinary effort and qualities.