RSGC ACES: Introduction to Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) with ViaCAD 2D/3D (2012-2019)


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 Home Page
ViaCAD 2D3D 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. Base Plate (December 2018)
    1. Video 1
    2. Video 2
    3. Video 3
    4. Video 4
  3. Bending a Solid (December 2018)
  4. Surface, Extrude, Pipe, Rotate and Scale (December 2018)
  5. Shell, Primitive Solids, and Subtract Solid (December 2018)
  6. 28BYJ-48 Stepper Motor Face (December 2018)
  7. Push, Push, Bend and Rotate (December 2018)
  8. ViaCAD 2D Lines for Gecko Plate
  9. Gecko Lines for Gecko Plate Fillet
  10. RSGC ACES Gecko Plate Fillet Holes
  11. Tearing Off Tools
  12. How to Make a Surface
  13. RSGC Parts for Plexi
  14. Cut and Etch (Cut & Etch with 1" (25.4mm) reference square)
  15. RSGC ACES spaced evenly
  16. Solid from a Mesh
  17. Tim Olson's 3D Print Check
  18. Primitives
  19. Push, Pull, and Shell (2019)

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
  17. Parabola in ViaCAD
  18. Polygon Sketch for Feature Based Part