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DMEM Information

Where can I find when my assessments are due to be handed in?


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You can find your Assessment Loading in StrathCloud. Undergraduate - https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-sbe6c7ce56904b448 Postgraduate - https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-sa54ceba21a5448b8

DMEM Information

Get the MDFs (Module Descriptor Forms)


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MDFs can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s01115902fee492c8

DMEM Information

Where are the induction/registration slides ?


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First year slides can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s838813d355e4701a
Second year slides can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s31b95e927cb48af8
Third year slides can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s1e927c2d346464b9
Fourth year slides can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-sb7e045bde334b07b
Fifth year slides can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s3143331098f440eb
Postgraduate slides can be found at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s3fdb19d95144935a

The contents of these links will be updated each year, so if downloading at the start of a session, please ensure they are for the coming academic session, if they're not, then try again a few days after induction/registration.

DMEM Information

Where are the DMEM Safety Regulations?


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StrathCloud: https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/home/shared/foc0fda2-3b48-4910-a620-dfb23275377e

DMEM Information

DMEM PgT Safety Induction


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The slides for this induction are available at https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s3b2d229078844e4b

DMEM Information

Jury Duty - Can the department provide a letter for Jury Duty exemption?


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Yes, letters for jury duty exemption can be provided, if you require one please email the relevant email address Undergraduate - dmem-ug@strath.ac.uk Postgraduate - dmem-pgt@strath.ac.uk Postgraduate Research - dmem-pgr@strath.ac.uk

DMEM Information

The DMEM Instagram account


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https://www.instagram.com/strath_dmem/

If you have any photos or videos you'd like to see published on the strath_dmem instagram account please email dmem-adminteam@strath.ac.uk with this.

DMEM Information

Transfer between BEng and MEng


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It is possible to transfer between these streams depending on a number of conditions. Primarily your grades need to allow that. You need a 60% or higher average in your exams to either stay in the MEng stream or transfer to it. Your year adviser will usually contact you in May, seeking your wishes, and if your marks allow, pass your request on at the exam board, where such changes are officially ratified. It is possible to transfer outwith exam boards, your year adviser will inform you of the necessary paperwork and approval procedure. The most important transfer request is at the end of your 4th year exams, as that is the last chance to make such a transfer. It is not uncommon for a student, depending on exam marks, to change a number of times between the two streams during their studies.

DMEM Information

I plan to miss a class.


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Missing classes isn't something to be recommended, but may be necessary on occasion. Before missing a class you should check with the class registrar to ensure you're not missing anything important, such as a class test, or examination etc. They will also advise you on how best to catch up, and where any class materials or tutorials may be found.

DMEM Information

I need help


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It depends on the help you think you need. If you need help in a particular class, then approach the teaching staff, or the class registrar. If you still are not happy, then contact your year adviser (undergraduate students) or Theme Leader (PgDip/MSc students). These individuals are a good point of contact for a wide range of help, they will try and help you, and if they can do it themselves, will do so, but will also know who to refer you to speak with if you need specialist expertise or help.

DMEM Information

The DMEM website


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http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/designmanufacturingengineeringmanagement/

DMEM Information

The DMEM facebook page


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https://www.facebook.com/Strath.DMEM

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The DMEM twitter feed


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https://twitter.com/strathdmem

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The DMEM LinkedIn page


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http://linkd.in/1NjfF4Q

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Find my class Rep


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Check out http://classes.myplace.strath.ac.uk/ where they should be listed, they may also appear in http://pegasus.strath.ac.uk

DMEM Information

UG degree classification with/without International Exchange


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Please see https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s55664287f8b47b2b

DMEM Information

Sending emails to groups of DMEM students/staff


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If you would like to make a request to send an email to a group of DMEM staff or students eg in connection with an event or a research project, please send the email to your respective student email box ie dmem-ug@strath.ac.uk; dmem-pgt@strath.ac.uk; dmem-pgr@strath.ac.uk

The email will be reviewed by staff to assess if appropriate to forward and the email will then be forwarded by a member of the Admin Team, on your behalf

Facilities

Require a Meeting Room for Group Discussions


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If you require a meeting room to discuss group work etc. There are rooms available in the library to be booked out by students. More information regarding this can be found on the website, below is the link on how to go about booking library rooms:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/library/findaplacetostudy/bookaroom/

Facilities

What card do I use with DMEM printers?


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You can use either a DMEM Access Card or a University print card because the print credit balance is stored on DMEM's print server and NOT on the card itself. The first time you present your card at the printer you will be asked to enter your username and password and this associates that particular card with your account.

Important points to note:

You do not need a card to print but it is much quicker and easier than entering your username and password on the printer control panel every time. You can get a DMEM Access by paying a deposit at the Online Shop: https://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/product-catalogue/engineering-faculty/design-manufacture-engineering-management/general/dmem-access-card-deposit

If you use a University print card for DMEM printing remember that the balances for each system are completely separate and you cannot transfer between them.

Facilities

Can I print/copy/scan in DMEM?


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Yes, DMEM has two student accessible Multi-Function Printers (MFPs) which can print, scan and copy in mono (black and white) and colour up to A3 size. The printers are in the JW308 DDMS and in the JW706a Studio and all UG and PGT students are given an initial print credit of GBP2 to get started.

Facilities

How do I print to a specific DMEM printer?


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DMEM has a pull-printing system so you don't print to a specific printer, you simply print to the holding queue and retrieve (pull) your job from any available DMEM printer (currently JW308 and JW706a)

Facilities

How much are prints/copies?


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A4 mono = 5p

A4 colour = 10p

A3 mono = 10p

A3 colour = 20p

Facilities

Where do I buy DMEM print credits?


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All students are given an initial GBP2 credit at the start of the year. Additional credit can be purchased through the University Online Shop: http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/product-catalogue/engineering-faculty/design-manufacture-engineering-management/print-cards/dmem-pcounter-credit Please note that DMEM print credit is completely separate from Library/Centrally Managed Lab print credit.

Facilities

How do I print to DMEM printers from my own device?


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Windows laptop and Apple MacBook users can print directly to the queue which is the recommended option for speed and best results. Instructions for setting it up on Windows are available here:

https://moss.strath.ac.uk/dmem/Documents/IT/Instructions/Adding%20DMEM%20printers%20to%20Windows%20laptops.pdf

and instructions for Apple Macs are here:

https://moss.strath.ac.uk/dmem/Documents/IT/Instructions/Adding%20DMEM%20printers%20to%20Apple%20Macs.pdf

To print from other devices including phones and tablets use the WebPrint interface available here:

https://webprint.dmem.strath.ac.uk

To make the Guidance Notes as easy to access as possible, there is a link to them from the WebPrint login page and available from the Help page once you are logged in.

Facilities

I am having problems with WebPrint


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If you are having problems with WebPrint then the best advice is to print directly from your device if possible. See the Guidance Notes linked from the front page of the WebPrint server or FAQ https://supportal.dmem.strath.ac.uk/HelpDesk/direct_FAQ.php?q=2686

The two most common issues with WebPrint are jobs not appearing in the print queue and jobs (particularly PDFs) not being rendered properly. It can take quite a while to upload, render and transfer the raw print data to the print queue especially for large files and jobs with a lot of detailed graphics. Make sure you allow enough time for the job to come through; very large jobs can take up to half an hour. It is advisable to break large jobs up into smaller chunks if possible and uploaded files should certainly be no larger than 50MB.

Although PDF (Portable Document Format) is a published standard, companies interpret aspects of the standard differently and so output can vary between programs. The PDF rendering engine on the WebPrint server does not always give as good results as other programs and, unfortunately, it is not changeable. If you find a problem with any output through WebPrint, particularly PDF, try printing your job directly from one of the DMEM computers or from your Windows laptop - see FAQ Answer How do I print to DMEM printers from my own device? (https://supportal.dmem.strath.ac.uk/HelpDesk/direct_FAQ.php?q=2686)

Facilities

How do I print, copy or scan in DMEM?


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Please see the detailed instructions on DMEM's printing system here: https://moss.strath.ac.uk/dmem/Documents/IT/Instructions/DMEM%20student%20printing.pdf

Facilities

How can I check how much DMEM print credit I have left?


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There are two ways to do this: 1) On a DMEM PC you will see a small pound sign icon in the System Tray (the bottom right of the screen) - hover over this and you will see your print credit balance 2) Log in to one of the printers and choose Copy or Scan from the menu and near the top left you will see a display alternating between your print balance and a system message.

Facilities

Booking a PGT meeting room


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If you require a room to meet with an external client to discuss project work, or have a skype conversation etc. - then our PGT meeting rooms are available. If the room is free at the time you require it can be booked instantly using the evoko screen outside the room, However, if you want to guarantee that the room will be free for a specific date and time, then come to the office (7.01x) with your details (group no.,your e-mail address and client's name) and we will make the booking for you.

General

How do I raise a Student Employment Claim?


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Students can raise a Student Employee Claim, by accessing Pegasus and clicking on the Additional Services Tab. Select the link for Student Employment Claims. Complete the online form and submit the claim. Claims for payment are then processed through to the appropriate department and budgetary signatories for approval. Once approved, students will receive their claims on a monthly basis direct to their bank account.

Please note: All Student Employment Claims require a Guaranteed-hours Assignment to be created in the system before the student engages in the work related to the claim - no Student Employment Claim can be processed without a prior assignment being raised. It is imperative that for work you undertake within the department, you ensure the staff member(s) employing you have followed this procedure, and that you have been emailed a Guaranteed-hours Assignment number prior to engaging in work - emails confirming assignment numbers will be sent from noreply-supp-pay@strath.ac.uk. Failure to comply with the above will result in non-payment of any subsequent claims.

We are required by law to copy and retain documentation that provides proof of your Right to Work in the UK. Claims will only be processed if right to work evidence is recorded. Tier 4 students are required to [re]present their RTW evidence on an annual basis; this is to ensure their eligibility to work [which may be distinct from their eligibility to study] remains valid.

There is a 3 month time-limit for claims to processed. Failure to submit claims or Right to Work evidence within this time limit will result in non-payment of claims.

General

Jury Duty - Can the Department provide me with a letter to request that I be excused Jury Duty?


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Yes, please raise a ticket and make the request through the Supportal and the relevant admin team will respond to you

General

What laptop should I buy?


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We cannot recommend any specific laptop because the market changes so much however there is a guideline document available at: https://moss.strath.ac.uk/dmem/Documents/IT/Laptop%20Recommendations%202019-20.pdf Please note that we do not recommend or support Apple Mac laptops in DMEM

Student Resources

Where is SolidWorks and other software installed in the University?


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Any software installed on centrally managed IT labs can be located by searching for "lab software" on the University website or by going directly to the following page https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/it/use/find-a-computer/findsoftware/

SolidWorks is included in this list and is installed in most centrally managed labs across the university. DMEM currently has the latest version (2019) in our own DDMS lab and in the Studio. The centrally managed labs are also on this version (but the version noted in the software list on the University website *may* be out of date).

Student Resources

Get help with Maths


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The Maths Skills Support Centre provides academic support to all students who require help with the mathematics they encounter in their course. They un drop in sessions or you can make appointments for individual support. Check out their website for details http://www.strath.ac.uk/mathsskills/

Student Resources

How do I transfer a SolidWorks student license to a new computer?


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We have a limited number of SolidWorks student licenses therefore it is important to uninstall the software or deactivate the license before transferring from an old PC to a new one to ensure that one of the licenses is not used up needlessly. Instructions for deactivating a license are here:

https://moss.strath.ac.uk/dmem/Documents/IT/Instructions/SolidWorks%20Student%20Version%20Deactivation.pdf

If you are unable to uninstall or deactivate a license, perhaps because an old machine has stopped working, it would be helpful if you could notify dmem-itsupport@strath.ac.uk

Supportal

Test the Supportal


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You can raise a new query in the Supportal, and in the Category drop down menu select "Supportal Test" - save the Query, and your Query will be processed, a solution added, an email sent to you, and the Query automatically closed.

Supportal

Suggest a FAQ?


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Raise a new Query, and in the Category select "Supportal Suggestion" Enter you suggestion in the Details field before Submitting.

Supportal

How do I get Supportal Help?


FAQ Direct Link

Raise new Query, and at the Category select "Supportal Help", enter details in the Description field, then Submit.

University Information

Library Induction - where can I get a copy of the slides from the October 2018 Induction Session?


FAQ Direct Link

The slides are available on Strathcloud via this link https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s6d853fa63e54ab1b

University Information

University Holidays


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The key dates for session 2019/20 are available on the University's website: https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/keydates2018-19/keydates2019-20/

University Information

I'm ill


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It depends on the length of time that your illness lasts, or is expected to last http://onlinelearning.dmem.strath.ac.uk/handbook/index.php You may be able to self-certify, if however your illness lasts more than a week, or you miss an exam, a medical certificate is required. Such evidence should be submitted to Student Business (Located in the McCance building http://www.strath.ac.uk/maps/mccancebuilding/)

In addition to formal evidence, you should also use Pegasus (https://pegasus.strath.ac.uk) to record mitigating circumstances, eg how your illness has impacted on your ability to study.

University Information

Change of Address


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We need to keep in contact with you as a number of important communications will be sent to you If you do change address, you should update your details in Pegasus (https://pegasus.strath.ac.uk)

University Information

Exam timetable


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The Exam Timetable is organised centrally by SEES and will be published in Pegasus. It is your responsibility to check the timetable to find out about the dates and times of your exams. The link to the SEES web page is https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/exams/examdates/

University Information

I'm an elite athlete.


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The university runs an elite athlete scheme. This enables elite athletes to continue with their training/competition in addition to their studies. Elite athletes should contact their year advisers, who will be able to work out how best to accommodate their training, competition and studies - depending on the needs of the individual.

University Information

How can I find out the date of my graduation ceremony?


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Graduation dates are announced and available on the university website https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/graduation/

There are 2 graduation ceremonies per year; last week of June and first week of November. The precise dates are announced in March each year.

University Information

Red Card


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The standard hours of access for University buildings are Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Out of Hours Access

Students who require access to the department outwith normal hours require both a:

* DMEM Access Card DMEM Access Cards can be purchased through the University's Online Shop. The fee is a £10.00 deposit which is refundable on return of the card.

* University Red Card

Signed Red Cards are issued to all new students at Induction Sessions. Otherwise, they can be obtained from the DMEM Departmental Office, 7th Floor, James Weir Building. A Red Card is free of charge and provide out of hours access to the relevant DMEM areas within the James Weir Building. ie weekdays, 6 pm - 10 pm and weekends 8 am - 6 pm. Should you require out-of-hours access to IT Service Labs the Red Card should be countersigned by staff at the IT Helpdesk in the Andersonian Library.

Students are required to show both cards to University Security personnel to gain entry to buildings outwith normal business hours. Cards provide access to the department between the hours of:

* 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

* 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday / Sunday

University Information

What are normal University opening hours, and can I get access to buildings outwith these hours?


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The standard hours of access for University buildings are Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Out of Hours Access

Students who require access to the department outwith normal hours require both a:

* DMEM Access Card for UG and PGT students only DMEM Access Cards can be purchased through the University's Online Shop. The fee is a £10.00 deposit which is refundable on return of the card. PGR students are provided with an Access Card when they commence their studies.

* University Red Card

Signed Red Cards can be requested from the DMEM Departmental Office, 7th Floor, James Weir Building. Should you require out-of-hours access to IT Service Labs the Red Card should be countersigned by staff at the IT Helpdesk in the Andersonian Library. Red cards are provided free of charge.

Students are required to show both cards to University Security personnel to gain entry to buildings outwith normal business hours. Cards provide access to the department between the hours of:

* 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

* 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday / Sunday

University Information

What are Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs)?


FAQ Direct Link

VIP homepage - https://www.strath.ac.uk/viprojects/

DMEM Information

Student Handbook


FAQ Direct Link

You can find your handbook in StrathCloud. Undergraduate (BEng/MEng, BSc/MSci) - https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/d-s949ced746504ef4a Postgraduate Taught (PgDip/MSc) - https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/share/view/sc2efc0141fe4f2ca Postgraduate Research (PhD, MPhil, EngD) https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu/home/shared/foc0fda2-3b48-4910-a620-dfb23275377e

Student Resources

Get the Student version of SolidWorks


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As part of our SolidWorks Education Campus License we get access to student licenses for use on personal laptops and PCs. Because we have a limited number of licenses they can be used only by DMEM and other eligible students so we require you to accept an agreement that you will not pass on the license information nor install the software on more than one computer without authorisation from a member of staff. Go here for further information and to request the license information and agree to the terms:    https://moss.strath.ac.uk/dmem/Lists/SolidWorks%20License%20Agreement%20List/SSLP.aspx

You will need to log in with your DS username and password to get to the agreement as this page is restricted to eligible students. Microsoft Edge does NOT work properly so use another web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox or IE) to access the page and if you are logging in from a non-University PC you need to put "ds\" before your username e.g. ds\xyz98765

The current version available for download is SolidWorks 2019, sometimes also referred to as SolidWorks 2019-2020; the Education edition is released after the Commercial edition and the next version is not due until late spring.

Student Resources

I am off campus, I have a computer, but it does not have the processor/memory/graphics to run SolidWorks. What could I do?


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Autodesk provides all of their products free for educational purposes including Inventor (engineering), fusion 360 (Product Design), AutoCAD (2D mainly and some 3D) and Alias (Advanced Surface Modelling). There is Mac compatibility, however, your machine may struggle with these too if older https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/featured

If you are working on surface modelling for product design in modules like DM300 and DM982, Rhino3D is a very good package which is available in DMEM labs and there is a 90 day fully functional trial available for download. The package works on both windows and MAC https://www.rhino3d.com/download

Where it is difficult to install a package on your machine, then it is worth trying Onshape. This is a cloud based CAD package (no install, runs entirely in an internet browser on windows, mac or linux) which provides many of the same features as SolidWorks, including surfacing, solid modelling, FEA and 2D layouts. Free accounts are available for education https://www.onshape.com/education-plan

Student Resources

I am off campus and do not have access to electronics prototyping systems, such as Arduino, what could I do?


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TinkerCAD provides an online simulator for Arduino with an extension library of parts which allows you to develop circuits, circuit/system diagrams, animations of working prototypes and code which can be later be transferred to a real Arduino. Accounts are free for students https://www.tinkercad.com/circuits

Student Resources

I am off campus and do not have access to physical prototyping materials or equipment, what could I do?


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In this case images, pencil sketches, renders, simple homemade (well made) models are the best way forward. Do as much research online as you can, use that research to inform your design/idea/product. Remember that showing why something will not work (at the moment) is just as valid as showing a positive result. Your research will support your project. You may come across something surprising.

Some designs and forms can be made to high standard at home using paper, card, cardboard etc using a craft knife/scalpel and various off the shelf stuff. PVA, all purpose glue (UHU) rules, protractors, masking tape etc….

When folding or creasing card you can use a ball point pen (on the unseen side if possible) to create a crease for bending. Before you fold/assemble/glue your model check if you need to cut any holes or add details beforehand. This may be impossible and messy to do afterwards. Make every cut and crease count. Make sure your blade is sharp. Measure twice, cut once. If you get glue on your hands or fingers wipe it off before handling your model further. There is almost nothing worse than glue where it is not wanted on a model. There is a lot of good stuff (some rubbish) on Youtube demonstrating how to work with card/paper and cardboard. Take a look.

Some good ones are: 30x40 Design Workshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfj2-A5rJoQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGRIAIVEMzs – This one in particular is good

Eric Strebel (an Industrial Designer in the US) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6s3lGH4MyI&t=398s – Model making a cube with a notch – good for technique In fact, he’s got content on all sorts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzr6ae9Uv-a_tCmHmkw49g

Some good books are:

Jackson, P. (2011). Folding Techniques for Designers-From Sheet to Form. Laurence King Publishing. Jackson, P. (2012). Structural packaging: design your own boxes and 3-D forms. London: Laurence King Publishing. Yoshiharu S.; Takashi K.; Masazo T.; Shinji M. (1991) Models and Prototypes. Books Nippan.

Making models and maquettes by hand and experiencing the design and materials will make you a better more rounded designer. If it goes wrong? Reflect on it and make it again, only better.

Student Resources

DMEM has Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign Installed in the lab, can I get these at home and if not what should I do?


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The university is investigating a relationship with Adobe which may bring the Adobe cloud products to students at preferential rates, however at the moment the only way to obtain these packages directly is by subscribing and paying for Adobe’s student Creative Cloud services https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/plans.html?promoid=NV3KR7S1&mv=other

For infrequent users, Adobe services can seem expensive and you will never own the programs outright as access stops when you stop paying monthly.

Affinity Photo, Designer and Illustrator are now legitimate alternatives with many design houses now using these products instead of Adobe. Their pricing is competitive (discounted in March 2020 by 50%) and is a one off payment. They are also currently providing a 90 day trial for students https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/

Note that often the preference for either Adobe or Affinity is their excellent colour control for printing. However, excellent results (onscreen and in print) and most of the same onscreen effects and features can be achieved using different and freely available software.

*Free Photoshop alternative* GIMP is an open source (free) photo editor which has a very similar feature set to Adobe Photoshop – there is very little that could not be achieved with GIMP and there is good community support and tutorials available https://www.gimp.org/

*Free Indesign Alternatives* Much can be achieved with powerpoint in terms of page design and layout. As a Strathclyde student you should also be able to access Microsoft publisher which has a very small learning curve and is effective for creating folio, brochure and poster layouts. An open source alternative is Scribus https://www.scribus.net/

*Free Illustrator Alternatives* Illustration and creation of vector graphics is probably a less commonly utilised tool for DMEM students. However, there are good opportunities in folio creation for this and there is a very good open source alternative in Inkscape https://inkscape.org/

This article brings up more options, so which are paid but have free versions: https://lifehacker.com/27-free-alternatives-to-adobes-expensive-app-subscripti-1831737178

Student Resources

I want to undertake in depth material selection for my project, I have heard of CES Edupack, is this available to me?


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The digital Design and Manufacture computer lab machines all have CES (aka Granta) Edupack installed. This can be downloaded by students for install from the 'DMEM Student Resource Page' on Myplace. https://classes.myplace.strath.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=21821

It is a large installation (1.5 GB) and windows only, but is relatively light on processor and ram requirements.

The premier book on materials selection for product designers, following the same procedures as CES is available as an Ebook from the library Ashby, M., Johnson, K., & Elsevier. (2014). Materials and design : The art and science of material selection in product design / [internet resource] (Third ed.). https://suprimo.lib.strath.ac.uk/permalink/f/k7ss9a/SUALMA51121414020002996

Often knowing what other things are made and how they are made is a good starting point for material selection. We also have the ebook online for this excellent book: Lefteri, C. (2012). Making it [internet resource] : Manufacturing techniques for product design (2nd ed.). London: Laurence King Pub. https://suprimo.lib.strath.ac.uk/permalink/f/k7ss9a/SUALMA5185815460002996

SolidWorks has an extensive materials library and the analysis done in solidworks linked with the materials library is a very effective way of selecting and justifying materials choices. Another amazing feature of our SolidWorks license is that it has the Matereality (https://www.matereality.com/about) materials selection database built in. Here is a video providing a quick demonstration https://youtu.be/iUhmK-qSRAU

Student Resources

I don’t have a document/photo scanner at home, what is a good way of getting hand written or sketched work into my folio / report?


FAQ Direct Link

DMEM photocopiers can be used as scanners into which you feed multiple sheets, single of double sided. Scans are converted to PDF and emailed to you. Please note emails bigger than 20 MB may not send and therefore by mindful of scanning large documents with lots of images; try splitting up.

It nearly safe to assume that a majority of DMEM students have either an apple or android phone. If that is you, then consider using your phone for easy and quality scanning.

CamScanner (for iOS or Android) or Office Lens (for iOS, Android or Microsoft). Both of these are mainly meant for document scanning (as well as receipts and business cards), but their image scanning is great too. Both have great edge detection and perspective fixing… so no wonky images at odd angles to tidy up. Both include optical character recognition (OCR), so depending on how neat your writing is, they will automatically capture that in an editable format too.

Other worthy scanning apps are Scanbot (super fast if you have lots of separate sketches to scan in one go), Evernote’s Scannable, and TinyScanner (iOS or Android). Evernote itself has a great image scanner, and will save your photos directly to your Evernote or to any other one of your favourite clouds. If you don’t use Evernote, then the stand-alone Scannable app is worth a try.

Adobe Capture CC (iOS and Android) can capture your sketches as vectorised images. It does a tremendous job of cleaning up, clarifying and smoothing out the lines of the sketch.

SketchBook by Autodesk (iOS and Android). SketchBook not only lets you import an image as a new shot from your camera, but it lets you erase the colour of the paper behind the sketch, so that it sits on a transparent background. This is super useful if you want to add layers of colour ‘behind’ your sketch.

Student Resources

I have a CAD model and need to visualise it in a realistic environment for a client or in my folio, how could I do this? [Augmented Reality, AR]


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Try Augmented Reality (AR). Free or low cost apps allow you to superimpose your model in the room you are in using a clever QR code system. For example edrawings from solidworks and vurforia from PTC can do this.

Student Resources

I need help with Finite Element Analysis (FEA), what is available?


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We cover this for the first time in DM303 Engineering Design in year 3. Referring back to that material on myplace should help with the basics of setting up a static study in SolidWorks as well as mesh control, advanced fixtures and loads through split lines and optimisation studies.

The level 5 DM923 Product Modelling and Visualisation class also provides an introduction to FEA.

There are many examples and tutorials online, however, selecting which to do will be determined by the design scenario that is to be analysed. There are some good introductory examples included in SolidWorks tutorial library, and an excellent enhanced version of the inbuilt tutorials is included in: Akin, J. E. (2010). Finite element analysis concepts: via SolidWorks. World Scientific. Available here: https://www.clear.rice.edu/mech403/HelpFiles/FEAC_final.pdf

SDC publishing also provides a number of very useful books on the topic with lots of examples and model files. Some of these books are in Strathclyde Library, but also have extensive previews on google books (so extensive that they are useable). For example: Shih, R. (2014). Introduction to finite element analysis using solidworks simulation 2014. SDC publications. Nudehi, S., & Steffen, J. (2018). Analysis of Machine Elements Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018. SDC Publications.

There is also a good general ebook on FEA for designers in the online university library Kurowski, P., & Society of Automotive Engineers, publisher. (2017). Finite element analysis for design engineers / [internet resource] (Second ed., Society of Automotive Engineers. Electronic publications). Available here: https://suprimo.lib.strath.ac.uk/permalink/f/2esacs/SUALMA5179423320002996

Longer term DMEM will be providing opportunities to become certified as Solidworks Simulation user. Updates will be provided.

Student Resources

I need to work with my project team who are all in different locations, how could I do this?


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Many students will naturally use the tools they are used to, Facebook Messenger, whatsapp, google docs, skype... If your team are all familiar and happy to use these then that could be the best option.

Zoom is a very good meeting software platform which can provide easy and professional settup of meetings with team mates, clients or academic staff. Many prefer it over skype. Meetings can be voice only, webcam for face to face and it is possible for all participants to share screens for discussing documents or work collaboratively on software such as SolidWorks. It is available to use for staff and students at: https://strath.zoom.us/ Click 'host' to immediately start a meeting and invite people to join through email.

All students have access to up to 1TB of space on Onedrive for Business. Files and folders can be shared amongst team members to ensure work is backed up and available to everyone. Access and find out more here https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/it/saveandshare/onedrive/

Student Resources

I want to improve my sketching at home, what could I do?


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There are lots of videos, etc. offering advice on how to draw things. Many are freely available on YouTube, some are linked below.

Scott Robertson is a designer and design educator who has worked on another of high-level projects, including concept art for Minority Report, design work for Nike, Nissan, Mattel Toys and Sony Entertainment. “How to Draw” by Scott Robertson http://scottrobertsonworkshops.com/h2dr/videos/ Username: howtodraw Password: howtodraw

“How to Render” by Scott Robertson http://scottrobertsonworkshops.com/h2re/videos/ Username: howtorender Password: howtorender

From YouTube: Spencer Nugent is “Sketch-a-day” and uploads lots of videos documenting his drawing process https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBtSgEZk914z5InEs_U2J3w

The Design Sketchbook has a series of videos on how to draw, as well as regular drawing content. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOzx6PA0tgemJl1Ypd_1FTA

There are many others, but these should keep you all going initially until the next MADE on Wednesdays sketching workshop in DMEM!

Student Resources

I would like support from technical staff for my project or assignment whilst off campus, what is the best way to get this?


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Technicians are available for advice online. If you need to ask us for advice please first email us with your questions. Unless it is a simple question please send us images and a synopsis of your project/idea, what you want to make and what you need to achieve. Remember that you are familiar with your design, we will not be and so need more background information and images to allow us help you.

If you are not sure which Technician to ask just email one of us and we’ll advise

scott.gubbins@strath.ac.uk d.bertolaccini@strath.ac.uk (Dino) thomas.condie@strath.ac.uk (Tam) dale.gibson@strath.ac.uk neil.shepherd@strath.ac.uk duncan.lindsay@strath.ac.uk

Once we have had the chance to review your work, we can then look to discuss things further via email, zoom, skype or phone.

There are many online resources available to you, this could be the library or youtube. There will be stuff on myplace also. Unless you have already done so, a physical model will be difficult for anyone to make. So images, pencil sketches, renders, simple homemade (well made) models will suffice. Do as much research online as you can, use that research to inform your design/idea/product. Remember that showing why something will not work (at the moment) is just as valid as showing a positive result. Your research will support your project. You may come across something surprising.

Student Resources

I need some guidance on creating folios for my design project work, where can I get that?


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We have provided a set of curated Folio generation tutorials at the DMEM Student Resource Myplace page. this includes: document settup, Graphics, Text layout, Page Layout, Finale and Branding. Direct link here https://classes.myplace.strath.ac.uk/mod/book/view.php?id=792299

Student Resources

Can I access the DMEM E-book Library from home?


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Yes. DMEM has curated a collection of e-books relevant to DMEM modules and courses which is accessible through a physical QR code library on the wall of the DMEM studio. The same collection of titles, which is growing, can also be accessed through the DMEM Student resource page here: https://classes.myplace.strath.ac.uk/mod/lti/view.php?id=1014425

Student Resources

Can I get a student copy of Microsoft Office?


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Yes, Office365 ProPlus is a service which is now available to all registered undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who have an Office365 account. Further details and an installation guide are available here: https://www.strath.ac.uk/ithelpdesk/helptopics/email/office365/proplus/

University Information

I want to access my network drives (H and I drives, Strathcloud, Onedrive for Business) at home, how do I do that?


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There are a number of options for cloud storage for DMEM/Strathclyde students.

H and I drives are those that appear on the Windows File Explorer of any university computer you log into. These can be accessed remotely by logging into Pegasus or can be mapped as drives on your own computer using the following guide for windows: https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/media/ps/its/systemsarchitecture/networkdrives/Network_Drives_via_WebDrive_Windows.pdf

This guide for Mac: https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/media/ps/isd/itdocumentation/ithelpdesk/mac/Webdrive_on_Mac.pdf

Strathcloud can be accessed here https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/it/saveandshare/strathcloud/

Strathcloud can be mapped as advised here https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/is/help/indepth/strathcloud/networkshares/

Onedrive for Buisness is now promoted by the university over strathcloud and can be accessed here https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/it/saveandshare/onedrive/

University Information

I think / know I have personal circumstance which are affecting my studies and assessments, what should I do?


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Please remember that class registrars, project supervisors, your adviser of studies and the overall Teaching and Learning Team in DMEM are here to support and advise you.

For your circumstances to be taken into account, you must follow the Personal Circumstances Procedure outlined by the university here: https://www.strath.ac.uk/sees/studentpolicies/policies/appealscomplaintsdiscipline/personalcircumstancesprocedure/

This page very clearly sets out how to record and evidence your personal circumstances, how to request an extension and what other allowances might be made.

There is also a link, on that page, to the well-being services in the university to support you further https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/disabilityandwellbeing/

From March 2020, all mental health and wellbeing, disability and counselling appointments are being offered via video or telephone. Students also have the option of obtaining online support via email if this is preferable. disability-wellbeing@strath.ac.uk

Students, and staff, can obtain immediate access to support via SilverCloud, our online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) e-learning platform: https://www.strath.ac.uk/wellbeing/stressandmentalhealth/self-help/ .