Selecting A Solid Modeling Software For Integration To Engineering Design Teaching: Methodology & Application Results

Gul Okudan Kremer
2004 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
This study proposes a methodology that would enable design educators and practitioners to optimally select a design software for varying objectives. Specifically, tasks accomplished to propose the methodology include: (1) reviewing past literature on methodologies and criteria used for selecting design software, (2) comparing a number of design software packages based on established criteria, (3) running designed experiments for testing differences among various software, and (4) compiling the
more » ... xperience gained as a generic methodology. The application was completed over two years while a systematic selection process was undertaken at The Pennsylvania State University. This paper documents the entire selection process including the user performance data collected. The set of outcomes of the study is expected to aid companies and design educators in making design software selection decisions. Integrating a solid modeling software to design teaching, however, is not a trivial task. Associated with the integration, several questions will need to be answered. For example, (1) Does the software have educational materials? (2) Are the educational materials adequate? (3) Is it easy and quick to learn, (4) Can the faculty gain the necessary knowledge and expertise to teach the course in a short time? (5) Does learning the software help students learn another solid
doi:10.18260/1-2--14074 fatcat:wkdv2lc3tbcztp5b2tdtczevxu