Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
In the engineering industry, computer-aided design (CAD) programs are used to create models and create virtual experiments or studies that allow engineers to observe the real behavior of parts or assemblies under certain conditions. Companies hire students with experience in CAD, as professionals believe that CAD experience is beneficial [1,2]. SolidWorks is among the most popular CAD software used by engineers. SolidWorks has multiple functionalities that also allow for finite element analysis dependent on the license. Users can create simulation studies in SolidWorks Simulation that can be used as an accurate approximation for real results.
The goal of this study is to create a toolkit for students in Biomechanical Engineering that will allow students to access a variety of models and simulations based on homework problems and lecture examples they have seen in class. The purpose of this study is to help students understand core topics being taught within the class as well as introduce students to advanced uses of CAD software such as SolidWorks Simulation. Data is collected from the students via a survey, asking about their experience, interest, and proficiency with using SolidWorks. Students were also asked to give free response feedback as well, allowing them to highlight the problems they had so that they can be fixed in future updates.
The results of this study show that students overall respond positively to the module’s implementation. While the students found that it was difficult to use the toolkit and the software, on average students have agreed that SolidWorks Simulation is a useful tool. Students were also only moderately confident in using the software. Going forward, all the student’s feedback will be considered to make further progress into the development of the toolkit.
curriculum and instruction, biomechanics, simulation
Crosby, J. (2021). Development of a SolidWorks Simulation Toolkit for a Sophomore Level Biomedical Engineering Course. Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/bmeguht/102