CAD Teams Performance Empowerment and Evaluation by Using E-Learning Tools

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Bodein, Yannick; Rose, Bertrand; Caillaud, Emmanuel
Section: Design Education and Lifelong Learning
Page(s): 257-268


3D CAD systems are used in practical product design to realize simultaneous engineering and also to improve productivity. It is today acknowledged that CAD tools can highly increase design performances. Although 3D CAD is a widely used and highly effective tool in mechanical design, it also has its drawbacks: mastery of CAD skills is rather complex and time-consuming. In this article we primarily led an inventory of fixtures in CAD among several Engineering and Design Departments in order to see in which way CAD training can be made. We studied e-learning in an attempt to simplify the learning process and get performance evaluation in CAD. We depict a state of the art regarding e-learning in CAD research works and present commercial e-learning tools. We then compare four e-learning CAD experiments and strive to define the best learning and evaluation path for building a high-performance CAD training, allowing monitoring CAD users? competence.

Keywords: e-learning, CAD, competence evaluation, CATIA V5


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