RSGC ACES: Introduction to Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) with ViaCAD 2D/3D v10


Purpose: To provide each student with an introduction to Computer-Assisted Drawing to explore design and production techniques as the natural and esseantial complement to his engineering skills.
Instructor: Mr. Paul Elia
Location: DES
Duration: Six, 70-minute Sessions
Software: ViaCAD 2D3D v10 Home Page
ViaCAD 2D3D v10 Power Pack (3D Printing Tools)

The following video collection, prepared by Mr. Paul Elia, introduces you to some of the basic 2D CAD concepts and skills in ViaCAD 2D. (Vimeo)

  1. The ViaCAD 2D Desktop
  2. ViaCAD 2D Line Tool
  3. ViaCAD 2D Lines for Gecko Plate
  4. Gecko Lines for Gecko Plate Fillet
  5. RSGC ACES Gecko Plate Fillet Holes
  6. Tearing Off Tools
  7. How to Make a Surface
  8. RSGC Parts for Plexi
  9. Cut and Etch (Cut & Etch with 1" (25.4mm) reference square)
  10. RSGC ACES spaced evenly
  11. Solid from a Mesh
  12. Tim Olson's 3D Print Check
  13. Primitives

Task-Specific Assets

  1. Modeling the Controller from Curves
  2. DIY Vacuum-Forming (
  3. RSGC Etch-A-Sketch Knob
  4. Game Console Video
  5. Edge Lit Acrylic (Project Inspiration): Video1, Video2
  6. Solid from a Mesh subdivided 4 times
  7. Handle Grip for Carlos' Gimbal Mount
  8. T Slot: T Slot for rsgc.sfx
  9. Perma-Proto Half-Size: PermaProtoHalfSize.vc3
  10. Perma-Proto Half Size Box: Standoffs (Video:, File: Adafruit Half Size midpoint.sfx)
  11. Perma-Proto Half Size Box: Changing Post Heights:
  12. Perma-Proto Half Size Curves Only: PermaProtoHalfSizeCurvesOnly.vc3
  13. ViaCAD2: Perma-Proto Case: Lines and Splines Part 1:, File: PermaProtoHolder.vc3
  14. ViaCAD2: Perma-Proto Case: Lines and Splines Part 2: (Paul: 25mm, not 22mm as mentioned in the video)
  15. Gears
  16. Transmission Gear Concept