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ATAP 2370 - 3D Computer Aided Mold/Electrode Design

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: ATAP 2360  

This course teaches the general concepts of electrode design and manufacture, along with mold (tool) design using Cimatron CAD/CAM software. Through lecture and lab assignments, the student will design electrodes for use in the Electrical Discharge Machining industry. The student will also learn how to design mold tooling and mold bases using Cimatron CAD/CAM. Terminology used in the field of Mold Design will be emphasized.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to navigate through the Cimatron user interface.


  1. Zoom, pan, rotate, and shade.
  2. Manipulate the pull down menus and icons.
  3. Organize CAD entities by sets.
  4. Import and export various file types.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create advanced three-dimensional geometry.


  1. Define 3D wireframe surfaces.
  2. Define sketches and 3D solid models.
  3. Define runoff surfaces used in the mold industry.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design EDM electrodes from CAD model.


  1. Identify EDM geometry.
  2. Define EDM parameters.
  3. Create drawings for each electrode.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design mold tools using Cimatron functionality.


  1. Design mold bases from libraries.
  2. Design tooling geometry.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define 3D toolpath operations for CNC machines.


  1. Define rough machining procedures.
  2. Define finish machining procedures.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to stimulate toolpath operations for final verification.


  1. Simulate procedures in wireframe and shaded modes.
  2. Compare toolpath operations to CAD model.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Three dimensional surface modeling
  2. Three dimensional solid modeling
  3. Solid mold bases
  4. Electrode design and extraction
  5. 3D rough and finish toollpaths
  6. 3D toolpath simulation and verification

Primary Faculty
Walters, Gary
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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