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Computer Aided Design

Welcome to the exciting world of Computer Aided Design. This course introduces basic concepts integral to modeling in a parametric feature-based CAD system. This course is geared toward students who have had very little to no prior 3D CAD knowledge, and wants to learn how to create parts, assemblies, and drawings in a web based CAD software called Onshape.

The course focuses on:
Developing spatial reasoning skills.
Understanding parametric feature-based design.
The Onshape Interface.
Onshape Documents and tab types.
Basics of part design.
Introduction to assembly design
2D drawing basics.

Students will learn how to export their CAD projects into formats that can be consumed by 3D Printer Slicer Softwares such as PrusaSlicer and Cura for post CAD processing for 3D Printing. Students will learn how to use a 3D Printer as well as basic maintenance and repair of popular desktop 3D Printers such as the Creality Ender 3 Pro and BIQU B1. Students will be able to 3D Print some of their CAD creations. Aside from helping prepare students for careers in Mechanical Engineering, the students will receive an Onshape Completion Certificate after finishing this course.


Required Texts: None.

Copy/Supply Fee: $50 (paid directly to Phil Snipes due at Orientation or at the first class your student attends)

Tuition: $420 ($42.00/month for 10 months, August - May OR $47.00/month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)


Phil Snipes

B.A. Computer Science - Database Technologies
B.A. Electrical Engineering

Phil Snipes is excited to join Bridge Academy to teach our students Robotics: Level B and Robotics: Level C. He has a background in electrical, computer, and software engineering, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science – database technologies from Strayer University. He is currently working in the Information Technology sphere as a Senior Data Engineer for Chesterfield County Government and possess over 25 years of programming and database experience. During his time in the US Navy, he attained an associates degree in Electrical Engineering and worked on varied electronic equipment such as LF, HF, UHF, and EHF transceivers, RADAR and Satellite communications equipment as well as computer Mainframe, desktop and server repair.

Phil is a technology enthusiast and all-around geek. He enjoys spending time with family and sharing Bible-based Christian Apologetics subject matter with whoever will listen. He also enjoys outdoor exploration and is currently am serving as the Troop Master for Trail Life Troop VA-1782 which meets at Second Branch Baptist Church on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. (Yes, that was a shameless plug and an invitation for all young men to join them!) Phil's wife and two sons are also part of the Bridge family. You may know his wife, Chef Snipes as she teaches several of our cooking classes and is famous among the students and staff for her amazing rolls and many other treats she helps her students create. Both of his sons, Caleb and Eli attend Bridge Academy and have for several years. He is thrilled to be a part of Bridge Academy’s mission to produce competent young minds that are not only well educated but are also grounded in the transcendent truths of the Christian faith.

Contact: psnipes2003@g

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