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New CAD manufacturing class available in 2017-18

Computer-Assisted Design helps students earn art credit, improve creativity

By Diego Hurtado

Perfectson Le works on his 3D model of an Intake Flange in the current CAD class.

Perfectson Le works on his 3D model of an Intake Flange in the current CAD class.

A new CAD (Computer-Assisted Design) course is coming Fall of 2017 and will be teaching students how to use some of the resources RAHS has to offer such as the 3D printer in addition to digital design. The teacher has not yet been confirmed, but the most likely candidate is Michael Gudor, who currently teaches geometry, aviation engineering, and statistics.


The class will teach students more than just how to use Inventor, the CAD program. The students will learn to create things in Inventor and bring them into the real world using the 3D printer, laser cutter, and other tools at RAHS, a prospect that excites Gudor.


“I can make something that I’m creating right away, and I don’t have to wait two or three years to learn it,” said Gudor. “I can [then] create something simple and small in the physical world.”


In addition to the traditional digital design curriculum, students will be exposed to new opportunities in the manufacturing part of the class. In addition, Gudor is excited that it won’t take students as long to learn to 3D model and produce their creations.


“I think it will give them motivation and open opportunities to what they might want to make. I think it will actually make them learn the curriculum a little faster,” said Gudor. “They are going to want to do something more complex, which is going to force them to learn the more complex parts of the software in order to create something of more interest.”


There are many tools students will be learning to use when they take the new class that will allow them to create the things in Inventor and bring them into the physical world.


“The laser cutter and then the 3D printer would be the two that we would start with. Over time, we would hope to incorporate the water jet and some of the other tools in the shop,” said Gudor,  “and whoever teaches it. [For them,] it depends on their experience and their comfort level and what the students want to do as well.”


Staff decided to make changes to the existing CAD program after a faculty meeting that focused on possibilities for teaching more students to use the tools the school has.


“Some teachers were talking about making a class were the kids could utilize some of the equipment that we have downstairs, and Ms. Tipton approached me about possibly teaching this class,” said Gudor. “But my understanding is that it would be more of a change to the CAD [program], not really a replacement.”


CAD class can help prepare students like freshman Perfectson Le, for careers in digital modeling or engineering. This is important because there are major companies that look for people that specialise in 3D modeling and manufacturing.  


“I like this class because it is pretty unique,” said Le, “and I might just go into a career like this.”


Many jobs in the STEM field and elsewhere incorporate 3D modeling, so this could be class a students should consider if they want to get into a job involving a 3D modeling and design program.


“It’s preparing me for the future because if I come across a drawing or something I have to put on a computer, I can just 3D model it on Inventor,” said Le.


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