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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ATAP 2020 - Art-To-Part-Digital Art to 3D CNC Machining

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: None

This course teaches the general concepts of Art-to-Part using specialized CAD software. Through lecture and lab assignments, the student will learn basic skills necessary to convert two-dimensional digital pictures into three-dimensional CAD data for surface machining. Toolpaths will be generated and parts will be machined using CNC Machine Tools and lasers. Terminology used in the field of CAD/CAM 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 user interface.


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

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to convert artwork into digital format.


  1. Understand digital formats.
  2. Scan hardcopy drawings and photos into digital format.
  3. Download picture files from internet.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create clean vector data for machining and relief creation.


  1. Create lines, arcs, splines, and polygonal shapes.
  2. Edit and manipulate vectors.
  3. Convert pixel data to vectors.
  4. Create text data.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create and modify relief (tessellated surfaces) from vectors.


  1. Utilize the shape editor to extrude vectors.
  2. Create surfaces using sweep command.
  3. Smooth surfaces using texturing tools
  4. Offset surfaces to create molds.
  5. Add special textures to surfaces.
  6. Wrap surfaces onto geometric shapes.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to program toolpaths for CNC machining.


  1. Create 2D profiles and pocket operations.
  2. Create rough and finish surface machining operations.
  3. Post process toolpath data to CNC machines.

• 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. CAD Interface and Basic Layout
  2. Visualization, Zoom, Pan, and Rotate shaded models
  3. Design Concepts
  4. Convert general 2D digital pictures to 3D CAD data
  5. Convert digital photos of human faces into 3D CAD data
  6. Create and edit surface data
  7. Create and edit text (fonts)
  8. “Wrap” two dimensional data around a cylindrical surface
  9. Basic Drawing layout using the Drafting Module
  10. CAM Interface and Basic Layout
  11. Basic CNC 3D Toolpath Creation, including rough and finish surface machining
  12. Toolpath Simulation and Verification
  13. Toolpath Post Processing
  14. 14. CNC Machining in the lab

Primary Faculty
Walters, Gary
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

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

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