Students are introduced to SolidWorks, a parametric design software package, which they use to complete specific 3D models which incorporate different features of the program as well as creating 3D models that can be printed out using our 3D printers.
Students will also use Bridge Designer software to build and simulate a bridge design, calculate for material use and scale reduction. Finally, students will work to draw a set of working plans to construct their bridge.
During the construction phase of the bridge project, students learn about different types of wood joints, tension and compression forces and time management skills. Once students complete their bridge construction, they will perform destructive testing on their scale model so they can analyze how the structure performed as compared to their simulated design.