Online course designed for high school students
Engineering: From 2D Sketch to 3D Model
Robotics and animation experts. Video game designers. Electrical and mechanical engineers. Architects. Product designers. Many of the world’s most exciting careers start with a basic knowledge of engineering and design. This course offers an introductory look at these skills. You’ll start with 2D sketching and progress through 3D modeling, using computer-aided design (CAD) to develop a professional final project. You’ll learn the language of design and how to communicate your ideas to other engineers. If you’re interested in a college major or a future related to the field, this course is a must.
Discover the exciting world of engineering design
Explore the Role of Design in Our World and Find Your Place in the Field
Learn the types of objects product designers create, the methods they use, and the problems they solve. Delve into the wide variety of career options and find one that appeals to you. This module alone is a great career workshop.
Take a Primer in 2D Sketching
Practice using the language of design. Learn about primitive and complex shapes, scale and proportion, as well as orthographic and isometric views. Discover how to create a 2D sketch. Select an object from your home and create a user manual.
Generate a 3D Model from a 2D Sketch
Have you ever seen a 3D object layed out in two dimensions? You’ll learn to make this kind of diagram as a model for your final 3D project. You'll also discover how to test quickly with simple prototype creation.
Create a 3D Model Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software
Become skilled at building objects with the pre-established shapes and forms that come with modeling software. Start with a 2D sketch and bring it to life in three dimensions.
Move from Beginner CAD to a More Advanced Level
Develop a fully realized 3D model, starting from your own 2D sketch and customized to your specifications. Learn the basic features designers use to create 3D models. Understand the difference between designing for manufacture versus creating models for digital applications.
Prepare for a Future in Design Engineering
Topics covered in this course provide a solid foundation for those thinking about pursuing a future in mechanical and civil engineering, video game design, architecture, industrial and product design, animation and robotics.
How You Will Benefit
- Learn to use the language of designers to communicate your ideas to professionals
- Gain a working knowledge of creating 2D sketches
- Discover how to transform a 2D sketch into a 3D model
- Become proficient at using CAD software
- Enjoy flexible learning: online lessons are delivered by dynamic videos so you can tune in whenever your schedule allows
- Earn a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University
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All course options, whether two or four weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We provide the option of a condensed version of the course to accommodate students’ individual schedules.
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3 Learning Advantages Designed for You
- 100% online, works with your schedule
- 20-25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
- A flexible format: you’ll learn through engaging video. Tune in anytime that works for you
- Engage with fellow students from around the world
You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:
- Encouragement and direction on all assignments
- Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
- Brainstorming to help as you prepare for your final project
The course culminates in a final project in which you will:
- Generate a robust model of a design of your own choosing. This could be board game miniatures, architectural models, desk organizers, bodies for remote control cars or custom pieces for hobby kits like Legos
- Use sketches to create solid features for your model
- Upload a file of your final 3D model, take screenshots from three views, or print your model on a 3D printer. Bonus: Learn in the course where you can get your final project printed
Course designed by Case Western Reserve University
Director of Prototyping, Art, & Community Engagement, Sears think[box]
Buckner coordinates resources, programming and outreach to the local community for Case Western Reserve’s innovation and makerspace, Sears think[box]. Buckner is a certified instructor for Stratasys' Additive Manufacturing certification program, has four years of experience working at a nonprofit organization teaching arts integration in Cleveland public schools with a focus on STEM and project-based learning, and serves as a part-time instructor in Case Western Reserve’s engineering school.
Director of Design and Manufacturing, Sears think[box]
In addition to serving as an instructor in Case Western Reserve’s engineering school, Bradshaw provides design and manufacturing expertise at Sears think[box]. During more than 20 years in the mechanical engineering profession, Jason designed custom tooling for existing machinery—as well as completely new equipment from the ground up. He has been teaching for the last decade at CWRU—both introductory and advanced classes in the areas of manufacturing, design, graphical communication and computer-aided engineering.
CWRU undergraduate with a major in mechanical engineering. Currently on the BAJA SAE team, focused on designing and building off-road racing vehicles. Angelo has over four years of Solidworks experience and holds 2 professional certifications with Dassault Systèmes, a large software development company.
CWRU Graduate with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Applied Data Science. Has designed and built off-road race cars as part of CWRU Motorsports. Also the co-founder of FAR at CWRU, which pairs engineering students with local high schools.
How to Apply
It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:
- Basic contact information for you and your parents or guardian.
- Why you wish to take this course. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.
Note: Please submit all application materials in English.
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The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.