Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Laboratories provide the students in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department with state-of-the-art engineering workstations and CAD/CAM/CAE software for a variety of applications in solids modeling, kinematics, dynamics, finite element modeling and analysis, plastic injection molding simulation, sheet metal fabrication simulation, numerical control machining simulation and others. The hardware and software support real-time animation of color shaded and photo realistic images of the results of theoretical models, pre and post processing of computer generated and experimental data.

The department's local area network is linked to the university's gigabit backbone with connections to Internet, and NSF/DoD super computers. The department's 30 engineering workstations are HP PCs, most of which are equipped with 24" wide-screen monitors. Also available for student use are large-format HP Designjet printers for poster and engineering drawings. Some of the many programs and software packages currently installed in the CAD Labs include:

  • Solidworks 2011
  • Autodesk Simulation 2012
  • ANSYS 12 - also available on High-Performance Computing
  • ANSYS Fluent - also available on High-Performance Computing
  • NX 7.5
  • NX-IDEAS 6
  • Autodesk Moldflow 2012
  • Sysweld 2009/2010
  • Vericut 7
  • Teamcenter Engineering 2007
  • Abaqus 6.9 - also available on High-Performance Computing
  • AutoCAD 2008/2010
  • COMSOL 3.5 - available only on High-Performance Computing
  • Labview 2011
  • Maple 15
  • Matlab 2011a
  • Mathcad 14.0
  • Mathematica 7
  • SSH and XWin32

Rooms: Packard 458 & 501

Faculty Contact: David Angstadt (

Staff Contact: Naazer Ashraf (

Associated Courses: ME 10, ME 240, ME 348, MECH 305, MECH 312, MECH 328

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Laboratories