In its simplest form, the design process is just a series of decisions - How big to make a part? What material or manufacturing process should we use to build the part? How many parts per assembly? Instead of relying on opinion or intuition, using CAD/CAE software offers a proven method for answering these questions. At Fastway Engineering, we teach you how to leverage the mathematics of CAD/CAE to make better, more objective decisions
during your design process.
Fastway's classes use a Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Method, built around open ended problems thus promoting problem-solving, teamwork, and ultimately facilitating a deeper understanding of how to apply these powerful tools. Our classes are approximately 25% theory and 75% application, therefore we don't teach you how to "point and click", we teach you how to become a better decision maker
To accomplish this, we've created our own agnostic (software independent) curriculum that uses proven PBL methods. This means each lesson includes a project - an open ended problem that must be solved. This promotes critical thinking and teamwork
, both skills that are necessary to succeed in the product development workforce. Each class also includes a "design competition" as well. (We are particularly supportive of competition-based learning, such as the Formula SAE
program, of which we are a volunteer judge and a lecturer
Most CAD/CAE classes are boring and book-based, and utilize a "watch me then repeat" type of approach. Although this may be effective for young children with developing brains, it is NOT the most effective way to teach adults.