Hinge Design

I am concentrating this week on Fusion 360 3-D Modeling power. I am using Hinge design as a very simple design problem that everybody can understand: Hinges are everywhere! You will be surprized to know how much of your engineering theory they carry! This week is the beginning of a strategy that I will follow till the end of the term. I think I know enough about this class and I want to maximize my time with you.
I have noticed the weaknesses. Some can be worked on in the term. Others are too fundamental and will take time. However, I want you to note a few points:
1. One of the goals of a design course is to orient your mind to THINK LIKE AN ENGINEER. When you look at an object, there are things that will be going on in your mind that an untrained eye cannot imagine. This course should move you in that direction. We will therefore, beginning from this lecture, look around campus and Omu Aran town, see all the things that, from an engineer’s perspective, can be done better. We shall, using 3-D Solid models and simulations, propose superior solutions. This will be your preparation ground to redesign Nigeria.
2. The ability to turn physical objects to 3-D solid models, if that is ALL you learn in this course, will be sufficient to give you a comfortable living. There is NO STUDENT in this class that is not capable of mastering that. Your background is sufficient to learn if you want to. If at the end, you still don’t know, blame your laziness. On my part, I will give the time and will be ready to assist you.
3. There will be some necessary theory. Here, you need to improve your background in some basic stuff like Vectors, Tensors, Differential Equations and Numerical Analysis. What you absolutely need is not beyond you. I will teach some in this course; the rest will be done in MCE534 as we do not have sufficient time here. This will be the basis of explaining what is going on in Simulations to you. An Engineer that can properly simulate linear and nonlinear elasticity, thermal and vibrational problems, etc. that can be done inside Fusion 360, will be competitive with any other engineer in the world no matter where they might have been trained. Its up to you to learn to simulate and animate.
4. As we shall combine simulation with animation, we shall be able to do digital prototyping. At that level, you will be able to get jobs anywhere in the world – which I expect you to reject because Indians, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc are coming in here to make millions and billions and there is no need for you to go and live in the margins of Western society.
This week, we will look at two different hinge designs. Our job for the week is to be able to do 3-D models of them and use that to master some aspects of modeling. I have one of my workflow timelines here: It is silent and too fast. I will try to improve on that in subsequent weeks. The slides try to explain the same things as I will go through them in class.
The same slides are here in .pdf files

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Here are the things I require from you:
1. Each one should add me to his/her design group in Fusion 360. Here is how you can invite me: That will give me direct access to the projects you are working on for this course. That way, I will be able to have the basis to award your grades for each week’s work done. Note that the continuous assessment for this course carries a lot more weight than end of term exams which can only test theory. Therefore be serious now rather than later.
2. Try to complete the hinge design this week so we can go into other designs next week. I want us to have a few well done 3D models before we go into simulation and analyses.

Setting the Coordinates

To change the default coordinates in Fusion 360, go through these steps:
1. Click on your name near the top right corner of the Fusion 360 working screen
2. Look in the preferences where it says “Y-up”. It is number 6 under “Controlling general UI behaviour”.
This means the coordinate y is going vertically upwards.
3. Click on it, you will see that there are two options: Select “Z-up”
4. Accept the result.
5. Enjoy the bliss of 3D parametric modeling.
OA Fakinlede

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MCE511 Computer-Aided Engineering Design and Analysis (2 Units)
Overview of Computer-Aided Design and Analysis: History of CAD/E, characteristics of CAD/E, overview of the industrial application of CAD, CAE, and CAM, functions of CAD/CAE/CAm systems, information embedded in a CAD system, tools commonly used in CAD. Hardware and software of a CAD/E System;Computer hardware, typical CAD/CAE.CAM system configuration, concepts of graphics display, various input and output devices, data structure and database management systems, graphical coordinate systems, software function and application modules, current Geometric Transformation – 2-D and 3-D geometric transformation, projections, generation of multiple views for an engineering drawing Curve and Surface Modeling; Parametric representation, analytical and synthetic curves, Hermite cubic splines, Bezier curves, B-Spline curves, introduction of NURBS, surface patch, bilinear surface, lofted surface, bi-cubic surface, Bezier surface, B-spline surface, surface offset and blend Geometric Modeling; Comparison of wireframe, surface and solid modeling, CSG, B-rep solid modeling techniques, feature-based parametric modeling, CAD/CAM data exchange methods, IGES, STEP and PDES. Basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) – Concepts of elements and discretization, unit displace method, procedure of finite element analysis on computer; automatic mathematical problem formulation in computer, truss element, commonly used model and element types, limitations and common misconceptions about FEA

MCE 511 September 20, 2017

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As at close of work yesterday, our practice labs are not ready. Whether they are ready today or not, you will have your deep dive into both software we shall be using. The above note on Mathematica will take half our time. The rest of the time will be an introduction to Fusion 360. Watch out for those notes.
Also note that my programming notebooks are available for you to download. The links are only for those who have gone through the slides and need them as you will see!

MCE 511: Computer Aided Engineering & Design

Today’s class (Wednesday, September 13, 2017) will be a laboratory in the CSIS
EVERY registered student MUST install and obtain a personal license for Autodesk Fusion 360 in order to be ready for this and future classes. Please post any difficulties in doing so to this web page. The CSIS is ready to assist any student in the installation. Here is the local page:
Fusion Installation

Students are advised to use Mozilla Firefox to download this locally.

Furthermore, they are to visit Academic License for Fusion 360: Your student ID necessary and register with their institutional email address.

Please contact other classmates who have successfully installed the software if you are unable to install successfully.
Also note that the Academic Version of this software is free. The Cloud credits to simulate your design is also free. Each student is to receive a full three year license.
The other software needed for this course is Wolfram Mathematica 11. The university has paid for a set of licenses and the software is available for use in the lab when we complete the installation. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual licences to students or staff. Staff and Students who want personal licenses can get them from the publisher www.wolfram.com. The cheapest way to a personal copy is to purchase a Raspberry Pi: For the sum of 35 dollars, you would get a software of more than 1,000 dollars free among other benefits. More information on this in class. This is NOT compulsory as there will be access to this in the Computer Laboratory.

Instructor: OA Fakinlede