Course code MašZ4046

Credit points 2.25

Computer Aided Design of Machines II

Total Hours in Course60

Independent study hours60

Date of course confirmation19.10.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mechanics and Design

Course developer


Imants Nulle

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

MašZ4045, Computer Aided Design of Machines I

Replaced course

MmehK001 [GMMEK001] Computer Aided Design of Machines II

Course abstract

The aim of the studying course is to get knowledge about computer aided design and possibilities to use CAD software to solve engineering problems and process automatization. Students learn the rules of design and automatic creation of drawings in CAD software SolidWorks.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge – Students understand the principles of modelling and are familiar with methods of digital prototype design of parts and assemblies with several features and standard mates. They know the possibilities of automatic creation of parts and assemblies drawings. Knowledge is appreciated in course work.
Skills – Students know to design parts with several features, create automatic views and sections and perform drawings according LVS and ISO standards. Skills are appreciated in course work.

Competence – ability to apply professional knowledge and skills in practical work and studies to solve different engineering problems. Competence is appreciated in course work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Designing machine/equipment parts in SolidWorks software.
2. Creation of machine/equipment assembly or its subassembly.
3. Shaft drawing.
4. Drawing of V-belt pulley.
5. Sheet metal part drawing.
6. Assembly drawing of frame. Bill of materials.
7. Assembly drawing of frame. Bill of materials.
8. Assembly drawing of machine/equipment. Bill of materials.
9. Assembly drawing of machine/equipment. Bill of materials.

10. Presentation of course work.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Students receive a final mark if they have successfully completed and presented course work.
Presentation includes short oral report of course work as well as answers to the theoretical questions.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

During the independent work, students must develop 3D digital prototypes and drawings of the equipment (with a drive mechanism) indicated by the lecturer. Consultations are organized for students on the topics indicated in the course content.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student will get a successful mark on the course work if it is completed, properly designed and student is able to answer at least 50% of the questions. The student receives higher mark if the course work capacity and complexity exceeds course requirements.

Compulsory reading

1. Nulle I., Dobelis M. SolidWorks pamati. E-studiju metodiskie materiāli studiju kursiem „Mašīnu datorizētā projektēšana” un “Datorprojektēšana”. 2018. 129 lpp. un 9 video materiāli.
2. Tickoo S. SolidWorks 2015 for designers. Schererville: CADCIM Technologies, 2015. 1066 p.

3. Tran P. SOLIDWORKS 2016. Intermediate skills. Mission, KS : SDC Publications, 2016. 365 p. ISBN 9781630570163.

Further reading

1. Howard W, Musto J. Introduction to Solid Modeling Using SolidWorks 2015: McGraw-Hill Education; 11 edition, 448 p. ISBN-10: 1259542114.

Periodicals and other sources

1. CAD/CAM/CAE Observer. Информационно - аналитический журнал. Междунар. журн. для руководителей и специалистов пром. предприятий и проектных орг. различных отраслей, разработчиков и пользователей САПР, преподавателей и студентов высш. и сред. спец. учеб. заведений. - Rīga: CAD/CAM Media Publishing, 2000 -. ISSN 1407-7183.


The study course is included in the compulsory part of the 2nd level professional higher education study program "Machine Design and Manufacturing" of the Faculty of Engineering. 3rd study year 6th semester.