Course Syllabus

Dates: March 25, 26, April 1, and 2, 2017

Time:  3:00 PM to 5:50 PM

Location: Hunt Library A5 and Hunt computer cluster (basement)

Instructor: Susan Finger,

TAs: Chelsea Chen (weiqiaoc@andrew) and Penelope Ackerman (packerma@andrew).

Piazza discussion page

Download link for SolidWorks. Warning: together the CDs take up more than 10 gig. The serial number is in the readme file. To process the iso files, you need an application like Daemon Tools that will create a virtual CD drive from which you can install the software. You can also purchase the CDs from the CMU computer store for $25.00. The license is good for one year.

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Date Topics Assignment
Saturday, March 25

Featured material: wood


SolidWorks Part 1a: Getting started

SolidWorks Part 1b: Features, sketches, dimensions, relations, text

Laser cutter intro

SolidWorks Drawings

Install Inkscape

DXF Files

Sign up for fire extinguisher training.

Cut a personalized key fob

Sunday, March 26

Featured material: acrylic

SolidWorks Part 2: construction geometry, symmetry

Working with acrylic

Importing Images

Stegosaurus image and Pepsi logo

Mickey Mouse and Dinosaur puzzle
Saturday, April 1

Featured material: paper

Kerf and Joinery

SolidWorks Part 3: configurations, assemblies, mates, trim tool, offset

McMaster-Carr shopping

Reference: Laser cut enclosure design

Making gears and designing mechanisms

Heart puzzle pieces

Start on project

Sunday, April 2

Featured material: cardboard

SolidWorks Part 4: equations; making 3D shapes

3D models laser-cut sculptures

Thingiverse and Pinterest

Pepakura for paper craft

In-class design project


Design and manufacture a project of your choosing

Hand in SolidWorks files and a screen capture.

Post a picture of your assembled project to Piazza Due April 10

Laser Cutter Info

Other Resources

SolidWorks 2016 Essential Training at; log in here.

Susan Finger adapted from Dave Touretzky’s material

Last modified: March 25, 2017