Catholic Tech

Design and Manufacturing

Course Topics

  1. Module 1: Introduction to Design and Manufacturing
    • Introduction to the design process and its stages
    • Overview of manufacturing techniques and their applications
    • Introduction to design constraints and considerations
    • Team formation and project assignment
  2. Module 2: Concept Generation and Evaluation
    • Techniques for brainstorming and concept generation
    • Evaluation methods for selecting the best design concept
    • Introduction to kinematics and mechanisms
    • Hands-on activity: Design and build a simple mechanical system
  3. Module 3: Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
    • Introduction to CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD)
    • Creating 3D models and assemblies
    • Parametric modeling and design optimization
    • Design for manufacturing considerations
  4. Module 4: Material Selection and Manufacturing Processes
    • Properties and selection of engineering materials
    • Overview of manufacturing processes (e.g., machining, casting, molding)
    • Hands-on activity: Manufacturing processes and materials lab
  5. Module 5: Design for Manufacturability and Assembly
    • Design considerations for ease of manufacturing and assembly
    • Tolerances, fits, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
    • Designing for robustness and reliability
    • Hands-on activity: Design and build a more complex mechanical system
  6. Module 6: Prototyping and Testing
    • Rapid prototyping techniques (e.g., 3D printing, laser cutting)
    • Design validation through testing and analysis
    • Failure analysis and design iteration
    • Hands-on activity: Prototyping and testing of a designed system
  7. Module 7: Integration and Project Completion
    • Integration of subsystems into a final product
    • Final project assembly and testing
    • Documentation and presentation of the design process
    • Team presentations and project showcase


The course syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any modifications or updates will be communicated in advance.