Industrial Design Engineering

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAD 105

       Course Name: Industrial Design Engineering

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Knowledge of basic drafting, the MS-Windows® interface. A good understanding of CAD fundamentals and commands would be of value, but not required.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces industrial design, and its place in the manufacturing process. Content includes design visualization, creation, and application of 3-D computer-generated models in today’s manufacturing, communication, and publishing industries; creating a 3-D computer model component design from original idea, pencil sketching, and concept analysis, to use of surface and solid modeling software; use of Boolean operations in model construction and editing, display commands, detailing, geometric translation, rendering and presentation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The main objective is to develop the student's ability to analyze and solve design problems in a lab environment utilizing 3-D modeling techniques. The emphasis is on the correct understanding of CAD/CAM techniques as they apply to design functionality, product development and the manufacturing process.  Drawing problems will focus on industry related drawing problems.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See D2L.

The class will focus on four basic modules:

  1. Weekly discussions:
    1. The what and why the industrial design process, to include a study of the history of industrial design and how it has affected the daily lives of the end user, both consumer and industrial.
    2. Student research of current industrial design problems and solutions as they apply to various manufacturing areas.
    3. Class critiques of student projects in progress and modeling problems as they relate to current software applications in use.
  2. Research:
    1. The development of research skills to help understand what’s does or doesn’t with a component’s design and how it relates to the end user.
    2. Use of the internet in finding information about similar product designs and adaptations in manufacturing and the market place.
  3. The business of 3-D Modeling:
    1. A tutorial, laboratory based approach to three dimensional surface and solid modeling and it’s application to the component design process. From concept, to sketch, to 3-D model, and onto manufacturing.
    2. Import / Export – The use of a variety of translation filters that enable the use of different types of 3-D models between software packages.
    3. Lighting & Rendering – the use of textures and materials in the creation of photo-realistic representations of design components.
    4. The use of vector based illustration and raster based imaging software programs in the preparation of logo design and product identification, and the development of presentation materials.
  4. The Portfolio:
    1. Throughout the semester, the student’s will compile and maintain a notebook containing weekly assignment, research notes, and project concepts.
    2. The final project will consist of a student-selected component from a predetermined manufacturing sector. The student will ascertain its strong and weak attributes through research of the components functional history and suggest possible design improvements. Lastly, a 3-D model of the design will be created, rendered and presented to the class for critique.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures demonstrate drawing techniques with hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Completion of lab drawing labs.
  • Passing examinations and quizzes.
  • Maintaining a portfolio of assignments.
  • Attendance (please call if you are unable to make it to class)
  • Final project.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Inside Rhinoceros, by Ron K.C. Cheng; Onword Press, and  by Robert McNeel & Associates. (1) architectural rule, (1) calculator, (1) inch/decimal/metric conversion chart.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Drawings will be graded according to standard drawing conventions provide on assignment sheets, notes and handouts.

50% Drawing Labs
20% Tests, Quizzes, & Class participation
20% Final Project
10% Attendance
100% Grade Total

See D2L:

Grading Scale
A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.