Crash Course in CAD

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Crash course in CAD is an introductory course to Computer Aided Design (CAD). The course consists of several sessions comprising part lecture and part practical sessions where participants are asked to solve tasks under supervision and help from the course leaders.

This course does not require any prerequisite knowledge concerning CAD. A portable laptop with the necessary software is required to participate in the practical session-part though. A computer mouse and a power supply are also strongly recommended.

This term the CAD software is AutoDesk Inventor Professional 2014, which is freely available for students at

An email with all the details (software, lecture theatre etc.) with be sent to those who bought tickets.


The course will be made up of 6 sessions hosted on Tuesdays evenings (Automn 2014) at 6 pm. We aim to run the course twice throughout the year, once during the Autumn term and once in the Spring term. If you are interested in taking part during the second term, please send a message to Matteo Sbroscia (, the course leader, or drop in our lab in EEE lv.5 on a Wednesday afternoon.

The table below shows the dates for the course running during the first term, the times and topics that are going to be covered.

Date Time Topic
Oct. 21 18:00 – 20:00 Extrusions and Revolutions
Oct. 28 18:00 – 20:00 More Extrusions, Chamfers and Fillets
Nov. 4 18:00 – 20:00 Miscellaneous + Loft
Nov. 11 18:00 – 20:00 Surface modelling
Nov. 18 18:00 – 20:00 Assemblies
Nov. 25 18:00 – 20:00 TBA

Each session is approximately 2 hours long, however students are welcome to stay for as long as they like or until security throws them out of the building.

Note: you will have to be an ICRS member to register for the course. To buy membership, click here.

Applying for the course

  • The course will open for enrolment on TBA.
  • Only ICRS members will be eligible for course enrolment (ICRS membership details can be found here)
  • The course costs £10
  • Places are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, up to a maximum of 20 participants.
  • Payment for everything is done via the union website (you will need to log in with your College account to get your ticket).

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