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Grad, retiree revisit to inspire CAD students


Co-workers Probst (left) and Wack return to Penn College ...
Co-workers Probst (left) and Wack return to Penn College …
... for presentations on Autodesk Inventor iLogic software.
… for presentations on Autodesk Inventor iLogic software.

A computer aided drafting technology alumnus and a faculty retiree returned to campus this month for multiple presentations to students in the engineering design technology and engineering CAD technology majors.

Bryan A. Wack, who graduated in 2006 and manages the engineering department at JPW Industrial Ovens & Furnaces in Trout Run, and David A. Probst, who retired last year as an assistant professor of engineering design technology and works part time at JPW, spoke to students enrolled in Katherine A. Walker’s CAD Management and Customization course.

Walker invited Wack to visit after learning of his advanced applications of Autodesk Inventor iLogic in furnace design.

“I was humbled to see Bryan’s advanced abilities with iLogic coding,” said Walker, an assistant professor of engineering design technology. “His presentation was awesome as he demonstrated real-world application of this advanced CAD tool. Truly an inspirational presentation to our students.” iLogic, a programming add-on that is included with Inventor, extends and enhances design capabilities and allows users to automate often-tedious design tasks.

As a retired faculty member, Probst said it was exciting to come back to the classroom as a special presenter.

“The presentation displayed how using iLogic, a part of the Inventor software, can be used to perform – in mere minutes – design tasks that could take days or even weeks to produce. The ability to modify large 3D assemblies (the assembly we presented had over 700 parts) by simply changing various dimensions results in a cost saving to the manufacturer and provides for a quicker ‘time to market.'”

Probst added that the knowledge students gain from this class better prepares them for what many manufacturers are looking for.

“Mrs. Walker’s CAD 247 class was one of my favorites, so it was a great opportunity to give back and share a real-world example with current students on how powerful Inventor and iLogic can be, and hopefully inspire a few to continue expanding their abilities with CAD customization,” Wack said.

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