Concurrent Design and Manufacturing is a Gateway project developed by Ohio State, Cooper Union, Drexel, New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania. The overall aim of this project, which was inaugurated in 1992, is to teach design methodology together with teamwork and human relations skills in both real and cybernetic environments. The team solves a concurrent engineering problem in a context of computer-aided engineering and manufacturing, replicating contemporary high technology industrial practice. Concurrent engineering involves the integration of design, manufacturing and marketing issues in the making of a product from conceptualization to finished prototype.

The project has two major objectives:

–Conduct a concurrent engineering project that involves teams of students at a number of schools.

During the course of the various Concurrent Engineering projects, the ADAMS software system was used to model the kinematics of certain mechanisms, and an injection molding machine at Ohio State University was used to produce certain prototypes. Student teams at Cooper Union developed two tutorial modules designed to serve as learning aids to how ADAMS works, and to computer-based modeling of plastics injection molding processes.

Adams Basics is a tutorial for learning the basic operations of ADAMS, a simulation software for the analysis of a mechanical system's kinematics/dynamics behavior. The main objective is to demonstrate the practicality of computer-based mechanical systems design; the tutorial does not require the actual software. It may be used as a reference or a student exercise in a mechanics or design-related course.
Download "ADAMS Basics" software tutorial [zip file] [Application is for Microsoft/ Windows 95]

Injection Molding is a tutorial designed to introduce the concept of using a CAD and CAE software combination to simulate a plastics injection molding process. The software combination chosen is Aries and ProCAST. The main objective is to demonstrate the practicality of computer-based process modeling; the tutorial does not require the actual software. It may be used as a reference or a student exercise in a design or manufacturing related course.
Download "Injection Molding" software tutorial [zip file] [Application is for Microsoft/ Windows 95]