Eastland High School



Mr. Eich

(815) 493-6341

Prep Hours: 1st and 5th

Materials Needed Each Class:

  1. Laptop

  2. Pen or Pencil

  3. Folder

  4. Paper

Introductions to Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing

This course will introduce students to CAD/CAM. Basic computer hardware, software and operating systems will be discussed. Basic two-dimensional and three-dimentional drawing and creation techniques will be discussed along with creation and editing techniques.  Students will begin learning how to develop CNC-ready programming. Students will use Tinkercad, Sketchup and will be introduced to AutoCAD.


1.       Demonstrate knowledge of CAD/CAM and employment in related fields

2.       Demonstrate knowledge of the history of engineering and 3D modeling along with current 3D applications.

3.       Demonstrate knowledge of different types of 3D modeling software and their strengths

4.       Applying foundational 3D skills learned to create student-designed projects.

Preliminary Course Outline

What is CAD/CAM

·         History of engineering

·         History of CAD/CAM and 3D printing

·         5 primary methods for solving technological problems

·         Employment Opportunities in the engineering and manufacturing fields

·         Software research

·         3D printing products and their usage

Creating technical reports

·         Important elements

·         Creating directions/reading directions

·         How is technical writing different from other types of writing


·         Lines, shapes and 3D objects

·         Models

·         Applications to design


·         Shapes

·         Groupings

·         Importing 2D and 3D

·         Printing

3D Printing

·         Makerbot usage and applications

Designing and application

·         Student problem-solving designs using Tinkercad, Sketchup or other CAD/CAM software,

o   Creating prototypes and problem-solving solutions

o   Reverse engineering

Grading Policy:


Assignments are both in class and homework. An assignment is anything that is given a grade but does not fall under quiz, test, projects, or participation. All assignments must be turned in by the due date and time to receive full credit.

Quizzes and Tests:

Quizzes may or may not be announced. Tests will always be announced. Tests will be comprehensive and cover material learned in the unit. Students will know ahead of time to prepare accordingly for the test.


Projects will be completed either in a group or alone, the teacher will let the students know before the project is started. Projects that are completed within a group will require students to complete their share of the project to receive credit. The group will need to provide proof of who completed what sections of the project for grading. *Example if students are completing a research paper together they can share a file in google docs and it will keep track of who worked on what sections of the paper.

Class Participation:

Students will receive two participation points each class they attend. In order to get both points students need to follow classroom rules, have required materials, be actively engaged during class, contribute your share during group work, and cannot be working on other class material.


  1. Be on time! You must be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.

  2. Be respectful! Show respect to everyone and everything.

  3. Be prepared! Bring daily-required materials to class every day.

  4. All other school rules and policies are in effect.


1st Offense: Verbal warning.

2nd Offense: Detention

3rd Offense: Detention & parental notification.

4th Offense: Automatic referral to Mrs. Burkholder

Make-up Work Due to Absence:

  • YOU are responsible for make-up work after you have been absent from school.

  • If you are absent, you are to always check Schoology to get the assignment.  There will almost always be an electronic version of the assigned homework.  You may also e-mail me to get other information of what you missed when you were gone or to get help with something you do not understand.

  • All missed tests and quizzes can only be made-up before school, after school, or during Learning Lab and NOT during class time.  If you decide to make up a test or quiz, you must allow yourself enough time to complete the whole test in one sitting.

Late Work:

  • Late work is defined as anything turned in after the assignment is due on schoology or I have collected it– even if the work is turned in later that class period, it is still considered late.

  • Late work will be accepted until the day of the test for the given unit.

  • You will receive 75% credit for an assignment turned in anytime within one day after collected and 50% credit for an assignment turned in up until the test for that unit.  

Extra Help:

I will be available before school, after school, or during Learning Lab should you need to see me for extra help.