Course Title: Create 3D digital models

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: VART6485C

Course Title: Create 3D digital models

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5382 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

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Nominal Hours: 75

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create 3D digital models that meet technical and design specifications.

It applies to individuals who clarify production requirements and produce 3D models under supervision, but may have responsibility for planning their own work. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models


1. Clarify work requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify requirements and purpose for 3D digital models with reference to production documents

1.2 Clarify workflow sequences in consultation with relevant personnel to ensure production schedule deadlines are met

1.3 Clarify with relevant personnel the modelling technique that suits production requirements

1.4 Discuss and select digital modelling software with relevant personnel that suits production delivery platform and modelling techniques

1.5 Gather and analyse reference materials to help visualise 3D models


2. Develop 3D digital models

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use software features and apply modelling principles to block out models based on reference materials

2.2 Adopt safe ergonomic practices when using screens and keyboards for extended periods of time

2.3 Use software features and geometry to shape models and apply various effects as required

2.4 Check that models’ topology allows appropriate deformation as required

2.5 Refine and check integrity of models progressively until they meet design requirements

2.6 Confirm with relevant personnel that models have not infringed copyright

2.7 Test models to identify faults, and modify as required

2.8 Demonstrate models to relevant personnel for feedback, and make adjustments as required


3 Finalise 3D digital models

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review 3D models to ensure creative solutions meet design specifications

3.2 Discuss and confirm with relevant personnel additional requirements or modifications to 3D models and undertake necessary amendments

3.3 Render and output models in appropriate format and submit to relevant personnel by agreed deadlines

3.4 Make back-up copies of files, and save and store 3D models using standard naming conventions

Learning Outcomes

In completing this unit, students would be able to generate 3D models that can be apply in creating prototyping to computer generated model for marketing and presentation purposes.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn skills and knowledge required to create 3D digital models that meet technical and design specifications. We will be looking at using the surfacing tool in SolidWorks to create 3D models that contain complex geometry and surface transitions that could not be modelled using solid modelling alone.

Teaching Schedule

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will need to refer to CANVAS as teaching resources may vary according to teaching schedule and task requirements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Practical tasks, a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a design journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

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Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

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