11361 - Computer Aided Design

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Luca Piancastelli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ING-IND/15

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Mechanical Engineering (cod. 0949)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will know the most important software to design, manufacture, analyse and measure on the market; he will know their obtainable results ad limits and he will acquire the skills to use them.

Course contents

1. The computer aided design and the theory of the design process: 3D and 2D design, management of the design process, simultaneous engineering

2. Modeling theory, curves, Bezier and B-Spline. Intersection and properties of curves. Surface and Solids.

3. 3D and 2D CAD: theory on computers architecture, peripherals and nets. Solid modeling: Boolean, Surface based.  Introduction to some CAD software. Introduction and management of the CAD into the design process, rendering, animation, data output.
4. CAM: methods for the automatic generation of a CL file. Introduction to CAM software for machining.

 5. FEA. Basics, FEA software available, limitations and risks.


AA.VV, "Disegno Tecnico Industriale", Consorzio Net T.Un.O.

Pitagora, 1996 - Manuale UNI M1 - C. McMahon

J. Browne "CADCAM from principles to practice" Addison-Wesley 

M. B Mortenson "Modelli geometrici in computer graphics", Mc Graw-Hill.

Teaching methods

Lectures followed by exercises in the classroom with examples of computer-run, followed directly by the lecturer with increasing difficulty.

Assessment methods

The review is to present a project (assigned by the teacher divided the students into groups) to be performed with the solid modeler

Teaching tools

material and informations can be found at the site : www.lucapiancastelli.ing.unibo.it

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Luca Piancastelli