Finding the Art in Engineering - STEM to STEAM

Expanding Your Creative Thinking in Engineering Graphics - Makerspace
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Enhance your learning in different settings and spark more creative thought that in turn will help you generate new designs.
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Relating Art and Engineering
Finding the Art in Engineering


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This course presents new ideas about how to expand your creative thinking, opening up a world of patterns, shapes and artistic designs using 3D CAD Modeling and Conceptual Design Blending (CDB).

Key take-ways: Understand how art is central to bringing beauty, elegance and life to the sciences, technology, engineering and math - Develop a sense of spatial thinking and self-expression - Learn how random combinations drive radical innovation - Learn how to make a design your own.

The ideas in this class are geared to enhance your learning in different settings and spark more creative thought that in turn will help you generate new designs. Conceptual Design Blending: As you go through these examples you will recognize that the general concepts of “design blending” are all around you.

This teaching technique was developed under a belief that when students have the “freeform ability” to create or solve open-ended problems in a solid modeling course, it removes inhibitions and boosts creativity. Part of the motivation behind the technique is to incorporate more of the arts into engineering,

“CDB is itself a mix of Conceptual Blending and Shape Blending into something new. Once the foundational techniques of the 3D CAD software have been taught, the CDB pedagogy deviates sharply from traditional instruction. Rather than assigning designs to replicate, the instructor presents students with two or more seed designs, and instructs them to design something entirely new based on those concepts, but with functionality and/or aesthetic appeal beyond either seed design. Since students are initially unsure of themselves, and do not know where to start with such open-ended requirements, the instructor introduces CDB by walking through examples of blending and presenting multiple think-aloud illustrations of the design process. Throughout the instruction, students are reminded that they each have unique and useful ideas to contribute, and are encouraged to borrow ideas from other places, provided the ideas are used within a design rather than strictly copied.”

Who this course is for:

  • Makerspace - STEM - Mechanical Engineering - New Product Development


Mechanical Engineering and 3D Design
John Devitry
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
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  • 79,826 Students
  • 14 Courses

John Devitry a Research Fellow at the Center of Space Engineering - Utah State University 2015 - 2019. From 2004 – 2015 John taught the introductory classes for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at USU while also working as the CAD Administrator at Space Dynamics Laboratory – the research arm of USU.

Over the years John has developed a unique and compelling approach to teaching mechanical engineering and 3D design, introducing the concept of Conceptual Design Blending as a way to facilitate creative thinking with engineering graphics students.  

Earlier is his career John worked for 3D Systems, promoting rapid prototyping and rapid tooling technologies visiting hundreds of leading design and manufacturing companies around the world. He holds 3 patents developing the product from concept to market, selling the patent rights to independent investors. John enjoys writing and has published 3 articles in BYU Studies.   Education: 1986 – 1990 Brigham Young University Provo, UT. Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering

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