Computer Aided Design


2011- 2012

The CAD program here at New River Community College offers a high Student in classquality and diversified curriculum and has been completely re-worked from the ground up.  The program is now recognized not only as one of the top CAD programs in the state but has been recognized on a national stage as one of the first community college CAD programs in the country to offer a game technology program. The program was a part of a grant awarded by the NSF (National Science Foundation) to showcase students' work in 3D Animation and Game Level Design.


The advanced students have also produced advanced concept design projects such as UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) & UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicles).  These projects have brought the spotlight to the CAD program by companies such as:

  • Lockheed Martin’s SkunkWorks in California (the top secret, black ops project team)
  • Northrop Grumman’s Naval Design Group in Newport News where the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers are built.
  • SAIC, one of the largest reverse engineering defense contractors in the world
  • Phoenix Integration, a D.O.D. contractor/software & product developer which has brought on the CAD program as an “Academic Partner.” NRCC joins with schools such as MIT, Stanford, Purdue University, Penn State, Virginia Tech Aerospace & Ocean Engineering & a host of others:


The projects have also been reviewed by

The class of 2010 has two UAV concept designs which received rave reviews by: SkunkWorks, General Dynamics, Dr. Daniel Raymer President of Conceptual Research Corp - Author AIAA  as well as current AIAA President and former Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force Dr. David Thompson.


Projects from the Graduating Class of 2011 are currently being reviewed by many of the same companies as listed above as well as many new individuals, companies and organizations.
Their projects:

  • An international Airport in Missoula Montana
  • Blended Wing UCAV
  • 3D Virtual Model – SSN 774 Virginia Class Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine


There are three different degree programs:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Architectural Design Specialization
  • Game Technology & Animation


The CAD lab has been updated to: 3D Printer
Be the only CAD/Architecture and Game Technology Program housed in a mall.  It is a new state of the art facility at New River Valley Mall located in Christiansburg, Virginia just down the road from Virginia Tech.


CAD lab highlights (NEW 2011 Additions in RED)

  • 1450 Square Foot CAD Lab
  • Tiltable CAD works stations
  • New -- Dual "24" flat panel LCD monitors mounted on articulating arms
  • New -- L.E.D. work lights
  • Quad Core Processor work stations with: 8Gigs of RAM & NEW - NVIDIA Video Cards w/2GB RAM
  • New -- chairs
  • HP 1050c (36") plotter, 2 new HP color laser printers (11x17), B&W Laser (11x17)
  • New -- Dimension BST Rapid Prototyping 3D Printer (ABS plastic extrusion tool CNC) 3D Scanner
  • New -- Z3200 Thermal Photo Plotter
  • New -- KIP 7100, Large format Laser Printer and Color Scanner and B&W Copier
  • 3D Scanner
  • Multi Head Xpert Milling Machine
  • 3D Systems ProJet HD3000 3D Plotter
  • New -- 12 Station Render Farm
  • New -- X-pert Mill multi-tool milling machine
  • New -- EPILOG Laser Engraver


Software Includes:
2012 Autodesk design suite to include:

  • Auto CAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • Revit Architecture
  • Revit Structure
  • Inventor Professional
  • Inventor Fusion
  • 3Ds Max
  • MAYA
  • Motion Builder
  • CRY Engine
  • Impression
  • Showcase
  • Alias Design
  • Raster Design


Other software on all CAD stations

  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Adobe Premier PRO CS5
  • Adobe Creative Suite CS5
  • Corel Draw X3
  • Feature CAM
  • CREO-1 (Formerly PRO-E Wildfire)
  • Unreal Runtime2 Engine/Editor, UDK &