Design Drafting Technology News
Free Workshop: 3D Printing
Wednesday, August 14th 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. -- Room 4532
3D printing has been around for a while now, but with the mainstream attention it has captured in the news and media, it’s no longer exclusive to the realm of colleges and industries. Come join us on August 14 as we show off what the machines we’ve been building up for the past 10 years can do.
You’ll see live demonstrations of the machines in action, meet department faculty and staff, see student projects, and learn about new program curriculum. Come join us in Room 4532.
Drafting Students Win Awards at 2013 SD Fair
Our students continued their strong performance in the "Drafting" division at the San Diego County Fair. This year our students won 2 Best of Show and 5 Best of Class awards. Congratulations to all our winners!
Visit our Awards link to see their projects.
The designators DRAF, ENGR and ARCH are now officially rolled into one: DESN. Most of the catalog numbers will remain the same, however, some of them, such as DRAF 136, will be renumbered to better fit with the overall flow of certificate and degree requirements.
In addition to streamlining our department’s course naming convention, we’ve completely revamped the DRAF 204 class. Some of our past students might remember it is the Advanced SolidWorks, a continuation of what they learned in DRAF 203. But starting Fall 2013 we will be utilizing our considerable amount of rapid prototyping machines to broaden the scope of the course and create Advanced 3D Modeling and Prototyping. It will vastly improve our students’ skill set and better prepare them for real-world tasks.
The CAD lab has brand new computers! Equipped with fast processors, 8 Gigs of RAM, and 23" super crisp flat screen LCD monitors, students will be able to design more - faster!
As our department grows, so does our list of rapid-prototyping equipment and tools. We now have a CNC machine, capable of engraving and shaping material in a matter of minutes. It is a removal process, different from the 3D printers, which use an additive process.
Not to be outdone is our Objet 3D printer, which is more capable than some of our other 3D printers. It has a much finer resolution and other models even offer a crystal-clear type of plastic that can be added to any part for some extra variety.