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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 30

Hours: 2.50

Start: 28/09/2016

Days / Times: Wednesday 18:00 to 20:30

Tuition (£): 507.00*

Concessions: 507.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a Level 1 introduction to 3D parametric modelling and design.  The software package Solidworks will be used to create 3D models and assembly drawings.

Entry requirements

Learners should be computer literate and aged 19 or over.  Some previous Computer Aided Design experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Course Content

  • Use associated IT, CAD and operating systems
  • Basic file management and health and safety
  • Understand parametric modelling process
  • Create and constrain sketches
  • Produce extruded and revolved features
  • Modify parametric models
  • Create assemblies
  • Drawing layout to produce hard copies

How will I be assessed?

Learners must complete two practical assignments plus one online test. Assessments are taken independently at a time suitable for the individual.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need a 2G memory stick.

What can I do after this course?

You can proceed to courses at Levels 2 and 3.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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