Integration of 3D printing in computer-aided design and engineering course

Mohd Hairi Mohd Zaman, Mohd Hadri Hafiz Mokhtar, Mohd Faisal Ibrahim, Aqilah Baseri Huddin, Gan Kok Beng


Engineering students at an undergraduate level typically learn the design aspect and concept through lectures and practical sessions using computeraided software. However, the current computer-aided design and engineering (CAD/CAE) course did not expose the students to apply and relate the latest advanced technologies to solve global issues, for instance as listed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG). Therefore, an improved CAD/CAE course taken by the students of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Programme in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia integrates 3D printing and conduct their project based on UN SDG themes. A total of 22 projects was produced, which involves both mechanical and electrical design with some of the physical models were 3D printed. Thus, students able to strengthen their understanding of the design concept through the integration of 3D printing and simultaneously aware of the current global issues.


3D printing; Computer-aided design; Computer-aided engineering; Integration; Physical model

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