Brian: General PBL Project Example - Multiple Items

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Brian: General PBL Project Example - Multiple Items

Using a solid modeling CAD program, such as SolidWorks or Inventor, this PBL project results in a 3D Flashlight. The first two lessons deal with the battery and battery plate. Basic skills in 3D modeling are used, especially extrusions.

The remaining six parts of the flashlight can be made by using a book referenced in the lessons. From that book the instructor or even an advanced student could create 1 - 3 page "How-To" worksheets for the students to create these six remaining parts..

The final two lessons challenge the students to a "Design Competition" to redesign the outer flashlight housing to make it more of a "flashy" flashlight (using color, text, texture, materials) and other design changes to make the flashlight more useful to the user.


1. Extrude a Battery: How to use basic 3D tools to create an extrusion of the battery and additional surfaces.

2. Battery Plate, Advanced Extrusions and Fillets: How to use other advanced 3D tools to create the battery plate (the part that sits on top of the battery).

3. Design Competition Planning - Flashlight Housing: How to use color, text and other features to make the flashlight more "flashy". How to redesign the flashlight to make it have a more comfortable feel for the user. This is the planning stage.

4. Design Competition CHANGES - Flashlight Housing: Incorporating those design changes into the flashlight housing.

This unit is brought to you by Dave Niemeyer (CTE) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by Team Lead Gayle Nicholls-Ali.

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