There are several thousands of engineers in the world today, and it is becoming harder than ever before to be different and unique. The first thing young students need to understand is that just having a degree in engineering, doesn’t make you a good engineer. Especially when it comes to fields such as mechanical and civil, students need to have hands-on experience with tools and devices to call themselves a good engineer. Having a degree is only the start and students need to build their skills on their own to become good in their field. Engineering is a vast field, with hundreds of specializations, one of them being mechanical design. Mechanical design has to do with the production and design of new components and parts. One of the basic skills that engineers need to get good at design is drafting. AUTOCAD is one of the best tools to draft new product designs and hence, mechanical engineers need to be skilled at CAD. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about CAD and how to get skilled in using it.
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As mentioned above, the only way to truly become a mechanical engineer is to work on things yourself so that you can gain the information required on your own. To help you get started, here are a few CAD projects. These mechanical engineering projects will ensure that you are introduced to the field of CAD, and develop skills with regards to drafting and simulation.
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1. Gear Train Design
Almost every mechanical system out there relies on gears for power transmission. Hence, they are one of the most important devices that mechanical engineers need to design. In this CAD project, you will learn how to design a gear train system and all the related constraints required to do so. This hands-on project will help you kick-start
your CAD journey by introducing you to Autodesk Inventor and helping you build gear shafts, spur gears and bearings.
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2. Differential Gear using Autodesk
Most mechanical systems which need to alter their speed regularly make use of either a manual or automatic differential gear system to achieve speed multiplication. This is also put to use in automobiles to allow gear change. In this mechanical engineering project, students will be introduced to the concepts of automobile CAD. By the end, you will conceptualize and develop a differential gear design using Autodesk Inventor, and even perform various dynamic simulations on it to optimize your design.
Mechanical engineers conceptualize, design, build, test and maintain all sorts of mechanical devices like tools, machines and motors. Hence, mechanical engineering is considered one of the broadest engineering disciplines, with far-reaching consequences. Therefore, mechanical engineers need to have several skills. Here’s a look at a few must-have skills;
AutoCAD is a software that is used across various industries to help with drafting and creating engineering drawings. Therefore, you won’t be able to get very far in the field of mechanical engineering without having necessary AutoCAD skills. It comes with various 2D and 3D drafting skills and helps engineers replicate and visualize parts and components. Furthermore, it also helps engineers assemble parts together to make devices. This, in turn, helps them understand how the completed machine will look, what its dimensions will be and so on. Also, several versions of CAD allow engineers to test for stress-strain applications, load balancing and even fatigue analysis. Such simulations help engineers understand the drawbacks of their design, and hence, improve on the initial design to create a perfect final product.
Drafters make use AutoCAD convert designs into technical drawings and blueprints which help manufacturers create structures and tools. These tools help to standardize dimensions, procedures and other such specifications. Also, the software helps mechanical engineers create prototypes which can be improved until they perform efficiently. AutoCAD enables engineers to see how well their designs function in several adverse situations. It also helps them to run cost estimates and check various factors such as volume, weight and dimension.
The best way to get skilled in Mechanical CAD is by developing some projects related to CAD. We at Skyfi Labs have developed some online courses which will help you to get skilled on CAD. If you want to know more about CAD projects, let us know in the comments our experts will get back to you.
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