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Continuing Education

CAD Hardware Systems Design   

Learn to design computer systems that meet the specific needs of the modern CAD/3D Design platforms

3.5 Credits
Prerequisites: We will be building CAD models in class to test the power of various computer systems so having an understanding of these systems would be helpful. If you're new to 3D Design but are willing to work a little more, we can help you with the basics.

Course Overview

The modern CAD (Computer Aided Design) system has it's own specific hardware needs that can be somewhat different from the average home computer. This course was created to address these differences and test the variations in hardware and software combinations.

At it's core, this is the same PC building course that we've been running for the last twenty years, but modified to focus on our CAD students' needs. Since 2005 we've been teaching CATIA design courses and now Fusion 360 as well and it's became apparent that many of the students in these classes struggled greatly with the hardware understanding and software configuration needed to best run a high end 3d design applications.

While the CAD topics involved in this class are beyond novice, the computer hardware assembly and software installation and configuration is very entry level. If you're good with 3d technical design but with no computer building experience, this class could be a great fit for you.

Topics covered:
Computer Hardware
  • Understanding the different PC parts
  • Researching PC components
  • Building a PC
  • Preparing hard drives for use
  • Loading an Operating System (Windows and Linux)
  • Dual Booting
Operating Systems
  • Windows Operating systems overview
  • Windows configuration tasks
  • View Windows resources
  • User Accounts
  • Email setup
  • Maintenance
  • System Restore and Drive Imaging
  • Command Line Basics

  • Linux Operating System Overview
  • Linux configuration tasks
  • User Accounts
  • Software Installation
  • Command Line Basics
  • IP addressing
  • Naming PCs
  • Finding resources on a network
  • Servers and server-like situations
  • Home routers
CAD Testing
  • Determining what hardware might be needed for a decent CAD system
  • Optimizing your CAD software for your hardware
  • Optimizing you operating system for your CAD software
  • Determine best upgrades for a CAD focused workstation
  • Build 3d parts and assemblies in class to assess the workstation capabilities
  • Test model in scene rendering times (Fusion 360)

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The Business Training Center of Edmonds Community College has been "off-campus" in the heart of the community providing practical industry focused education since 1998.