This special topics course introduces Information System Technology (IST) students to the principles and fundamental concepts of programming in SolidWorks. SolidWorks runs on a Windows platform in the Manufacturing Technology Department. This course introduces students to the mechanical design automation software to build parametic models of parts and assemblies and how to make drawings of those parts and assemblies. Additionally, topics include an introduction to Additive Manufacturing Applications. Students will be given the opportunity to work with 3D printing as a way of making products and components from a digital model. The student will learn to orient the model correctly, chose the correct materials, review software interface, slice & modify the model, generate supports and tool paths, and submit the model to the machine as well basic machine maintenance. Students will participate in hands on individual and team design projects under the direct supervision of the Instructor. This course is designed for students who have a solid understanding of Windows.