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CAD in the Cambridge Engineering Tripos 1977–82

  • A. L. Johnson
  • R. B. Morris

Abstract

In the undergraduate engineering course at the University of Cambridge six graphics terminals are being used to teach 500 undergraduates by packages and routines especially designed for unsupervised operation by men in their first and second years. Topics covered include closed-loop control systems, slider mechanisms, projection theory, intersection of surfaces, elastic and plastic collapse and vibrating systems. Ordinary display facilities are also available for use by undergraduates, research students and teaching staff. The terminals are installed in the students’ drawing office directly alongside the normal drawing boards and are in full-time use. The choice of a flat bed plotter and teleprinter as a terminal has been proved wise for teaching and economy. Gradual expansion into other areas of teaching and research is taking place, and the introduction of CAD methods, not as a separate subject but as an integral part of the normal Cambridge Engineering degree course, is proceeding smoothly and with enthusiasm from teaching staff and undergraduates alike.

Keywords

Teaching Staff Projection Theory Plastic Collapse Gradual Expansion Mass Education 
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References

  1. Johnson, A L and Morris, R B (1977) CAD in the Cambridge engineering tripos. Proceedings CAD ED conference: Middlesbrough, UKGoogle Scholar
  2. Johnson, A L and Morris, R B (1981) CUED mechanisms analysis package. Cambridge University engineering department; Cambridge, UKGoogle Scholar
  3. Morris, R B (1974) Computer graphics and its influence on manufacturing techniques. Proceedings international conference on production engineering; Tokyo, JapanGoogle Scholar
  4. Morris, R B (1979) CUED viewing routine. Cambridge University engineering department; Cambridge, UKGoogle Scholar
  5. Morris, R B, Johnson, A L and Ireland, D A (1979) CUED lines and planes drawing package. Cambridge University engineering department; Cambridge, UKGoogle Scholar

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© The CADCAM Association 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Johnson
    • 1
  • R. B. Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK

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