Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Shortened CAD learning to just six sessions
- Established milestones for individual robot development
- Automated the use of sophisticated manufacturing equipment
- Enabled undergraduate teaching assistants to accelerate learning
Frequently ranked as the top engineering university in the United States, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has established a reputation for innovation by using technology applications to achieve educational objectives. This approach led the university to establish a robotics design contest as the foundation of its 2.007 Design and Manufacturing I course. Known at MIT as “the mother of all robot contests,” the class requires each student to design and build an individual functional robot in one 15-week semester.
MIT chose to use SolidWorks® 3D CAD software as the primary tool in the course because of its powerful combination of functionality and ease-of-use. By using SolidWorks software, MIT shortened CAD learning to just six sessions, established milestones for individual robot development, automated the use of sophisticated manufacturing equipment, and enabled undergraduate teaching assistants to accelerate learning.