Not too easy. Not too difficult.
In CGT 16300, students learn about CATIA, which is a CAD software that companies such as Boeing have used to design their products. I found this to be extremely useful for bettering my career skills. Also, students are required to attend labs during the week, but labs are basically time for working on the following week’s assignments, and there is a TA present during labs so I found it very convenient and helpful that while I’m gaining hands-on experience with CATIA, I can ask questions anytime and get detailed responses back. Because of all these reason, I strongly recommend this class to anyone going to Purdue University.
The highlight of CGT 16300 was definitely the final project. For this project, each student had to recreate a real life object into CATIA, but this object has to have at least five parts. For my project, I recreated the Semroc Hydra 7 Model rocket, which had over twenty individual parts. The project took me over a week to finish and I had many problems attaching and constraining each part so that they are properly connected to one another. While constructing the Hydra 7 on CATIA was very hard and difficult, the end result was very rewarding because the the model I built looked exactly like the real life Hydra 7 model rocket.
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The CATIA interface is not very user-friendly, so I suggest people who have just started this class to go to office hours so that TAs can help students get comfortable with the software. Also, lectures and lab preparations are mandatory for attendance points so try not to miss out on these free points, but students do get four passes on missed lectures and lab preparations.