Course detail

CAD - Basic

FSI-3CD-AAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course introduces students to the possibilities of design in CAD systems. Students will gain practical experience in 2D drawing and 3D modelling in AutoCAD and Inventor CAD systems. They become familiar with the creation of parts and assemblies, adaptivity, parameter setting, volume and surface modelling and drafting.

The course is designed for beginners who have no experience with CAD systems.

Offered to foreign students

The home faculty only

Learning outcomes of the course unit

- Ability to process 2D and 3D design documentation in CAD system (AutoCAD, Inventor) using basic tools to support the design process.
- Knowledge of creating parts and assemblies, adaptivity, parametrization, volume and surface modelling and creation of 2D drawing documentation in CAD system.
- Ability to proceed in the creation of design documentation in an optimal way.
- Ability to effectively design, process and modify various design solutions.


Knowledge of the appurtenances of component drawings and assembly units.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

MUNFORD, Paul. Mastering autodesk inventor 2016 and autodesk inventor lt 2016. 1. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley, 2015. ISBN 978-111-9059-806. (EN)
LEACH, James A. Autocad 2016 instructor: a student guide for in-depth coverage of AutoCAD's commands and features. Kansas, USA: SDC Publications, 2015. ISBN 978-1585039524. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through exercises which are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements: seminar attendance and projects delivery.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Graduates will be able to do a 2D and 3D design documentation in CAD system (AutoCAD, Inventor) using the basic tools for supporting the construction process.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is required and controlled. Maximum of two authorized absences without compensation of lesson are tolerated.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STI-A Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Introduction to 3D modelling. AutoCAD - basic functions and settings.
- AutoCAD - layer properties, dimension styles, printing.
- AutoCAD - dimensioning, part drawing and drawing procedure, prototype drawing setup, part drawing.
- Inventor - basic functions and settings, sketch creation, dimensioning, parameterization and editing.
- Creating of 3D geometry, extrusion and rotation.
- 3D modelling - cosmetic changes. Fillets, chamfers, rotation.
- Advanced modelling - drawing, shell, patterning, material choice.
- Assembly, welding, adaptability.
- Sheet metal modelling - styles, surface, profile bending, cutting.
- Drawing documentation - basic view, dimensioning, cut, partial cut.