Computer aided design and solid modeling classes begin Monday, Jan. 10, at Illinois Valley Community College.
CAD is used by engineers, architects, construction managers and technicians. IVCC instructor Dorene Data said in most ways CAD has replaced manual drafting.
“Its many features have become a game-changer in the engineering industry,” said Data. “Users create designs in either 2D or 3D to visualize the construction. Designs are analyzed, 3D-printed and sent to a CNC machine for production.”
IVCC offers its Basic CAD classes online and face-to-face.
Beginning AutoCAD, CAD1200-100, is a 2D offering used in local industries.
Beginning Solid Modeling, CAD2200-100, employs SolidWorks, a platform used extensively in the Illinois Valley. Students use 3D printers to prototype designs.
“These are two of the four courses in the Basic CAD certificate,” Data said. “The certificate can be followed by other certificates and eventually an associate’s in computer aided design and engineering.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle