Course detail

CAD Modeling

FSI-ZM1Acad. year: 2023/2024

The course introduces the concepts and theoretical basis for the creation of CAD data, advanced modeling tools and methodology of work in 3D engineering parametric programs, creating parts and assemblies, adaptivity, parameterization, volume and surface modeling and drafting. Attention is paid to software design tools and their application to specific products. The course provides practical mastering of engineering tools realted with multi-disciplinary engineering tasks and problems, and integrates the knowledge acquired in basic studies in subjects focused on the design of machines and mechanisms.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge of 3D CAD modeling, strength of materials, mechanical design, statics, kinematics at the bachelor's degree level.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Conditions for granting a Course-unit credit:
- submission of tasks prepared during exercises (max. 60 points),
- passing a theoretical test (40 points).
Attendance at lectures is recommended; attendance at practicals is obligatory and checked by the lecturer. Maximum of two excused absences without compensation are allowed. In case of longer absence, compensation of missed lessons depends on the instructions of course supervisor.


Graduates will be able to apply advanced approaches and principles of 3D parametric and surface modeling and specialized tools supporting the design process and solving engineering problems and tasks.
Experience in creating 3D design data at engineering level.
Ability to apply design methodology and modeling approaches to construction nodes, assemblies and entire products.
Knowledge of creating parametric and algorithmically controlled CAD models.
Knowledge of specialized engineering CAD modules.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

XU, Xun. Integrating Advanced Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, and Numerical Control: Principles and Implementations. IGI Global. 2009. Dostupné z: (EN)

Recommended reading

PEDDIE, Jon. Augmented Reality [online]. Springer International Publishing, 2017 [cit. 2019-08-08]. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54502-8. ISBN 978-3-319-54501-1. Dostupné z: (EN)
ŽÁRA, Jiří. Moderní počítačová grafika. Brno: Computer Press, 2004, 609 s. ISBN 80-251-0454-0. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-PDS-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme N-KSI-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



16 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Introduction to CAD, history, classification, concepts, PLM.
- Modeling approaches: solid, surface and polygonal modeling, modeling of physics of nature.
- Representation of solids, curves and surfaces.
- Algorithmic modeling and generative design.
- CAD model customization, displaying of spatial data.
- CAD data generation for 3D printing, introduction to topology optimization.
- Data formats - STEP, XB, SAT, VRML, STL, X3D, OBJ.
- Integration of digital models with the real world, virtual reality.

Computer-assisted exercise

32 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Autodesk Inventor settings, basics of modeling.
- Kinematics, representation.
- Design accelerator - shafts, frame constructions.
- Assemblies, welds, cables.
- Topological optimization, remodeling.
- Dynamic simulation.
- FEM, connection with parameters.
- Parameterization, link to Excel.
- Modelling of plastic parts.
- Drawing documentation.
- Model presentation, rendering.
- Introduction to the Grasshopper scripting plugin for Rhinoceros.
- Parameterization in the Grasshopper - parameterization of the non-planar cover.
- Generative design in Grasshopper - physical connections, kinematic model of positioning device.