How to CAD almost anything!

Friday, February 02, 2024 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Building 7A – Rotch Library, GIS and Data Lab
77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Ever wondered how are objects from our daily lives designed? How can we generate a computer 3D model of a mug, a bottle of Diet Coke, or a Saturn V rocket? What about designing the blades of a jet-engine? A test dummy? How about making an animation of a LEGO house building itself? Or making a realistic render of a bowl of fruit? In this AeroAstro workshop, you will learn the skills to design all of these, and much more!

Designed for beginners and pro-user alike, this workshop is split into 9 2-hour long sessions, the first half of which will be spent learning new Solidworks skills (a computer-aided design software), the second half of which will see the application of these news skills through in-class activities, with a focus on reverse engineering. In contrast to traditional mechanical design courses, this workshop places greater emphasis on the design process itself, understanding how we can plan and best leverage our available tools to arrive to our desired result. Thus, the sessions are less about following the instructions on an engineering drawing, but about independent thinking and strategizing, reverse engineering an object into a 3D model.

Through the workshop’s 9 sessions, the goal is for the student to:

  • Have learned all the essential Solidworks skills, enough to be able to pass the industry-standard Mechanical Design CSWA exam.
  • Have built a comprehensive design portfolio, in the form of a presentation, to showcase all the different in-class projects and Solidworks skills mastered.
  • Feel that it can take any object and exclaim, “I know how to CAD this!”.


  • For more information about the workshop, check out its syllabus, website, or reach out to the instructor.
  • Please fill out the following form to express your interest on the workshop:
    • As of right now, capacity for both the morning and evening groups are at their limit. If you would like to join the workshop, please email the instructor ASAP.
  • The session on 01/15/24 actually takes place on 01/16/24, due to the MLK federal holiday. Please see the syllabus for more details.


  • Due to popular demand, the workshop will be split into two cohorts: morning (MWF, 10am-12pm) and afternoon (MWF, 3:30pm-5:30pm). All sessions will still take place in the Rotch library.
  • If you haven't already, please email the instructor with your preference of cohort (morning or afternoon).
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Design, CAD, computer-aided design, Mechanical Design, Solidworks, Reverse Engineering

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