CAD in the Cambridge Engineering Tripos 1977–82
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.
KeywordsTeaching Staff Projection Theory Plastic Collapse Gradual Expansion Mass Education
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