Module Overview

Solid Modelling 1

This module aims to enable the student to communicate component part information in a technical situation. The student will be able to create three dimensional CAD models, interrogate a model history tree and subsequently generate two dimensional drawing layouts with geometric dimensions.

Module Code

SMOD H1000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Solid modelling environment:

Introduction to the CAD software user interface, menu system,mouse button configuration, system icons.

Solid modelling concepts:

Role of solid modelling in the design process. Capturing design intent. Modelling concepts of part generation, the 3-D environment, model development, identifying the most prominent base feature, feature creation tools, model manipulation - history/modelling tree, boolean operations. Calculating the mass properties, volume, surface area and mass.

Visualisation methods:

Use of 3D wireframe, hidden line, shadedviews, dynamic rotation, view management.

Constraint systems:

Introduction to constraint systems, geometric and dimensional.Interelationships between constraints leading to the creation ofparametric CAD models.

Geometry datums:

Creation of geometric datum features such as datum planes, datumaxes, coordinate systems.

Prismatic parts:

Generation of generic part types based on revolved extruded features.

Rotary parts:

Generation of generic part types based on revolved prismaticfeatures.

Drawing layouts:

Generating associative drawing layouts from existing three dimensional component parts. Applying a drawing template/format file. Creating orthographic views, section views, auxiliary views and pictorial views. Modifying drawing view properties.


Creating dimensions on associative drawing sheets.


Printing of drawing sheets using predefined templates, creation of Adobe Acrobat .PDF files. Exporting .STL files for rapid prototyping and design visualization.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100