MF4111 Cad / Cam Laboratory Syllabus:

MF4111 Cad / Cam Laboratory Syllabus – Anna University PG Syllabus Regulation 2021


1. To introduce components and assemblies used in machines and use of 3D parametric CAD, CAM software for mechanical design.
2. To provide an experiential learning environment using projects done by student groups, while applying CAD, CAE software tools to design mechanisms and structures for mechanical design evaluation, optimization of mass properties, static-stresses, deformations, etc. with experimental validation of simulation models.
3. To do some exercises in tool pre-setting and work piece referencing on CNC machine tools, manual part programming for CNC turning and milling centres.
4. Use of software for simulation of turned and milled parts and simple surfaces, Automatic Cutter location data generation from CAD Models in APT format and post-processing for machining on CNC machines using standard CAD/CAM software
5. To produce an industrial component and measure to verify its conformity with the design


1. Exercise on CNC Lathe: Plain Turning, Step turning, Taper turning, Threading, Grooving canned cycle
2. Exercise on CNC Milling Machine: Profile Milling, Mirroring, Scaling & canned cycle. Study of Sensors, Transducers & PLC: Hall-effect sensor, Pressure sensors, Strain gauge, PLC, LVDT, Load cell, Angular potentiometer, Torque, Temperature & Optical Transducers.
3. Standards, types, applications and working of following components and assemblies, Machine Components: Screw fasteners, Riveted joints, Keys, Cotters and joints, Shaft couplings, Pipe joints and fittings. Assemblies: Bearings, Hangers and brackets, Steam and IC engine parts, Valves, Some important machine assemblies.
4. Mechanical Drawing: Machining and surface finish symbols and tolerances in dimensioning.
5. CAD: Introduction to CAD, CAM, software in product life cycle.
6. Geometric Modelling: Parametric sketching and modelling, constrained model dimensioning, Relating dimensions and parameters. Feature and sequence of feature editing. Material addition and removal for extrude, revolve, blend, helical sweep, swept blend, variable section sweep. References and construction features of points, axis, curves, planes, surfaces. Cosmetic features, representation of welded joints, Draft and ribs features, chamfers, rounds, standard holes. Assembly modelling. Automatic production drawing creation and detailing for dimensions, BOM, Ballooning, sectioned views etc.
7. Productivity Enhancement Tools in CAD Software: Feature patterns, duplication, grouping, suppression. Top-down vs. bottom-up design


2D modelling and 3D modelling of components such as
1. Bearing
2. Couplings
3. Gears
4. Sheet metal components
5. Jigs, Fixtures and Die assemblies.


At the end of this course the students are expected to;
1. Interpret mechanical drawings for components, assemblies and use parametric 3D CAD software tools in the correct manner for creating their geometric part models, assemblies and automated drawings.
2. Apply the concepts of machining for the purpose of selection of appropriate machining centres, machining parameters, select appropriate cutting tools for CNC milling and turning equipment, set-up, program, and operate CNC milling and turning equipment.
3. Create and validate NC part program data using manual data input (MDI) and automatically using standard commercial CAM package for manufacturing of required component using CNC milling or turning applications.
4. Produce an industrial component by interpreting 3D part model/ part drawings using Computer Aided Manufacturing technology through programming, setup, and ensuring safe operation of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools.
5. Create and demonstrate the technical documentation for design/ selection of suitable drive technologies, precision components and an overall CNC machine tool system for automation of machining operations using appropriate multi-axis CNC technology.