Course code MašZ5031

Credit points 3

Computer-Aided Design, Modeling and Manufacturing

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures6

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes4

Number of hours for laboratory classes14

Independent study hours57

Date of course confirmation04.03.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developer

author prof.

Vitālijs Osadčuks

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to familiarize postgraduate students with contemporary trends in computer-aided design, modeling, development and manufacturing. The course examines in detail the process of developing and manufacturing electronic printed circuits, embedded software, mechanical parts, conduction of automated experiments and industrial tests. During the course, master students use and learn about CAD and CAM software for performing these development and production activities, as well as quality management, and product documentation preparation. The course takes place in the form of laboratory lessons in groups of up to three people. The topics of each group's work can be linked together in one project throughout the course. Knowledge gained can be used both in production and in scientific research involving use of various technical equipment.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knows: modern CAD and CAM software capabilities for development of electronic and mechanical equipment and systems – laboratory works and presentation of their results
• Can: choose the necessary computer-aided design tools for development, production and scientific research – laboratory works, presentation of results.
• Competencies: to implement or improve technical equipment development process using available computer-aided design and production tools – laboratory works and presentation of their results.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. CAD, CAM Introduction. (1h)
2. Modeling of electronic circuits, SPICE (laboratory work 1) (2h)
3. Electronic circuit design process, DipTrace software package (laboratory work 2) (5h)
4. Electronic circuit production process, CircuitCAM (1h)
5. Automated code generation for embedded systems, board configuration, organization of embedded program (laboratory work 3) (5h)
6. Programming interfaces of laboratory equipment, oscilloscope, function generator, power source (laboratory work 4) (4h)
7. Design of mechanical parts in SolidWorks environment (laboratory work 5) (4h)
8. Computer controlled workbenches, Mastercam software (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Completed and presented 5 laboratory works in groups up to 3 students.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation presentations of laboratory work results – formatting of tables and charts, experimental data processing. Literature studies.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Public presentation of laboratory works, answers to the questions. The grade of each laboratory work is maximum 10 points and consists of: quality of work description (40%), quality of presentation (30%), answers to questions (30%).

Compulsory reading

1. Kraus G. SPICE - Simulation using LTspice IV. Elektronikschule Tettnang, 2010.
2. Rosales-Morales, V. Y., Alor-Hernandez, G., Garca-Alcaraz, J. L., Zatarain-Cabada, R., Barrnn-Estrada, M. L. An analysis of tools for automatic software development and automatic code generation. Revista Facultad de Ingeniera. Universidad de Antioquia, No. 77, 2015, p. 75–87.
3. Tran P. SOLIDWORKS 2016. Intermediate skills. Mission, KS: SDC Publications, 2016. 365 p. ISBN 9781630570163.

Further reading

1. Nulle I., Dobelis M. SolidWorks pamati. E-studiju metodiskie materiāli studiju kursiem „Mašīnu datorizētā projektēšana” un “Datorprojektēšana”. 2018. 129 lpp.
2. DipTrace tutorial, 2018. [tiešsaiste][skatīts: 11.03.2019.]. Pieejams:
3. Rao P. N. CAD/CAM: Principles and Application. TataMcGraw hill. 2011

Periodicals and other sources

1. Современные технологии автоматизации. [tiešsaiste]. ISSN 0206-975Х. [skatīts: 11.03.2019.]. Pieejams:
2. “CAD/CAM/CAE Observer” [tiešsaiste][skatīts: 11.03.2019.]. Pieejams:
3. “QP/C™ (Quantum Platform in C)” [tiešsaiste][skatīts: 11.03.2019.]. Pieejams:


Information technologies (Master studies)