Volume 4 No.2, Spring 2001
Wesley L. Baldwin
Associate Professor, Coordinator
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Ball State University
Engineering Technology faculty are loyal and respectful of
their friends. Even if an old
friend is impeding the education of their students, they find it very difficult
to discard a loyal colleague.
In the early 70ís, ET faculty found it difficult to bury
their old friend the slide rule. Even
today some of us keep a slide rule in our desk drawer and occasionally sigh
fondly of the days when we knew how to use every scale.
Itís now time to bury our old friend 2-D drafting.
While most ET programs have eliminated manual drafting, many programs
still teach 2-D CAD. Just because an out of date technology is computer based,
doesnít make it appropriate for the 21st century. Itís time to leave Flat Land and journey to the new world
Solid Modeling is the appropriate technology for Engineering Technology. It is simpler to use and allows the ET faculty member to focus on the more important issue of design. Prices are reasonable, computer requirements are easily met and competition among vendors is keen. It is time for a change.
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