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Computer-aided Engineering

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course aims to provide fundamental understanding in principles and applications of computer-assisted technologies in the mechanical engineering discipline. It starts with the mathematical description of geometric modelling techniques and covers the important activities and processes in a product's life cycle such as CAD/CAM software, optimization, additive manufacturing, modelling mechanical systems, multibody dynamics analysis, principles of flexible manufacturing systems, concepts of concurrent engineering, reverse engineering and virtual manufacturing, process control, Computer numerical control (CNC), machines programming, production and process planning.

Learning outcome

Upon attending this course, the student is expected to have
  • the overview of main computer-aided tools in mechanical engineering
  • knowledge about the mathematical basics of different geometric modeling techniques
  • advanced understanding of concepts within design, manufacturing, optimization, automation, mechanical system modelling and additive manufacturing
  • general understanding of the interaction between CAE tools in design and manufacturing
  • sufficient skills in using 3D modeling tools, exchange of design and manufacturing data and rapid prototyping tools
  • knowledge about CAPP and related algorithms
  • general understanding about CNC systems and different programming techniques
  • knowledge about application of CAE concepts within the context of discrete type manufacturing (e.g. car) and continuous type production (e.g. Oil and Gas)
  • knowledge about design optimization and competence in using optimization tool boxes for example, in MATLAB.


Introduction to computer-aided technologies in engineering field, principles of geometric modeling, mathematical basics for product models, examples in using advanced CAD/CAM software, generating 3D-CAD (volume) models for free-form objects, introduction to rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing (layer manyfacturing) technology. Principles of flexible manufacturing and concurrent engineering systems, reverse engineering and virtual manufacturing. Design optimization, mechatronics and control of industrial processes. CAD/CAM data exchange. Computer numerical control (CNC) machines programming (MAZATROL), CAM based on STEP, computer aided process planning (CAPP), group technology (GT) and cellular manufacturing.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in machine design, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), production and manufacturing engineering and applied mathematics. Competence in MATLAB programming is an advantage.


Project work and written exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work4/10 A - F
Written exam6/104 hoursA - FValid calculator.
The evaluation has two parts: digital written exam 4 hours and project work.
Written exam is weighted 6/10 and project work 4/10 of the total grade. The project work is conducted within a period of 6 weeks and presented to the class by the end of the semester.
If a student cannot submit the project report within the given deadline, the prosject garde of the student will be marked F unless there is a legal reason for extended submission. A student who has got F in the project work can take new project title next time the course is delivered or in the following semester if agreed with the course instructor.
Both the written exam and project work must be passed to obtain an overall pass grade in the course.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory assignments , Presentation of projectwork
To take the written exam for this course, the student should get 6 of 8 exercises approved.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Hirpa Gelgele Lemu
Course teacher
Hirpa Gelgele Lemu
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Johan Andreas Håland Thorkaas
Head of Department
Tor Henning Hemmingsen

Method of work

Lectures (6 hrs/week), exercises (2 hrs/week) and project work. Most of the exercises and the project work are conducted using a CAE tools.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Computer-aided Engineering (MOM380_1) 10

Open to

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. For students with background in Mechanical Engineering.

Course assessment

In accordance with University regulations.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020