This module aims to develop an understanding of the main concepts and methods used in solid modelling for engineering applications using PTC Creo in preparation for the Element Design module.

This module is only offered as part of the Gun Systems Design MSc or the Military Vehicle Technology MSc.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • translate engineering components, by reducing them to their fundamental solid geometries, into solid models using a variety of constructional methods,

  • generate working drawings suitable for manufacturing and assembly from a solid model using engineering judgement,

  • demonstrate the use of a solid modelling tool to perform stress and dynamic investigations and judge whether the outputs are sensible,

  • understand and explain the benefits of using solid modelling to engineers involved in development and manufacture.

Core content

The topics covered include:

  • parts generation,

  • sketching and drawing,

  • relations within models,

  • assembly generation,

  • 2D engineering drawings,

  • performing kinematic and dynamic studies,

  • structural analysis.


Accredited by IMechE as part of the MSc Programme.


Alan Peare

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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