Computer Aided Design and Manufacture


This module may be delivered on campus, using traditional face-to-face lecturing, or using an online or blended format. The module aims to further develop the learner's use and competence with various modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems and their application within the furniture and wood processing industry. It employs currently used industry-standard software and stresses the value of computer based visual data to professional designers and makers, particularly in respect to the speed of producing or updating drawings and to their communication. The module will expose the learner to an integration of CAD/CAM techniques as well as processes for advanced modelling and manufacturing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Efficiently apply the features of Computer Aided Design software to generate 2D presentation drawings and 3D digital models of artefacts, to a professional standard.

  2. Identify and critique advanced CAD and CAM workflows and problem-solving techniques in various applications across the furniture and wood processing industry.

  3. Investigate how efficiencies in CAD and CAM systems can be achieved using parametric modelling, solid body manipulation, surface modelling and rules based design.

  4. Demonstrate the application of a range of advanced CAD and CAM parametric modelling techniques.

  5. Describe and demonstrate competence with the application of the various processes involved in the generation of NC code for use in the furniture and wood processing industry.

  6. Compare and assess different furniture CAD and CAM software packages and become confident with making informed choices about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

  7. Confidently apply the various procedures and workflows involved in transferring files and data between various CAD, CAM and BIM software packages.

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