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3D-Printed Smart Lamp Workshop

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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General Technical Session

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Computers in Education

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26.15.1 - 26.15.12



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Nebojsa I. Jaksic Colorado State University, Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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NEBOJSA I. JAKSIC earned the Dipl. Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Belgrade University (1984), the M.S. in electrical engineering (1988), the M.S. in industrial engineering (1992), and the Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Ohio State University (2000). He is currently a Professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo teaching robotics and automation courses. Dr. Jaksic has over 60 publications and holds two patents. Dr. Jaksic's interests include robotics, automation, and nanotechnology engineering education and research. He is a licensed PE and a member of ASEE, IEEE, and SME.

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Pratik Dilip Desai

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Ryan Van Deest

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Jude L. DePalma Colorado State University, Pueblo

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3D-Printed Smart Lamp WorkshopAbstract Computer and 3D-printing revolutions are in full swing. As a result, the need forengineers educated in both of these technologies is increasing. The mechatronics program at ourinstitution has experienced a steady growth trying to meet this need. However, the curricularchanges that follow these fast-paced technologies are often difficult to implement in theclassroom in a timely manner. Often, new products become available but without appropriatedocumentation for quick implementation in educational laboratories. It may take a year or longerto develop a set of laboratory exercises for a new microcontroller or a 3D printer.This work describes a student-driven workshop centered on designing and building smart lampsusing inexpensive Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers and Cypress Semiconductor’s CY8CKIT-42xx PSoC 4 Prototyping Kits. The main objective of the workshop is to improve theengineering students’ design skills and attitudes towards independent designs via exposures tomodern technologies like 3D printing and PSoC (Programmable System-on-Chip) programming.The workshop students’ outcomes are: (1) an ability to successfully design and 3D-print anobject that is a part of an assembly; (2) an ability to successfully wire/solder LEDs and sensors toa PSoC, and (3) an ability to successfully program a PSoC as demonstrated by creating a smartlamp.The workshop will involve 25 students and it will run for two Saturday mornings, four hourseach. During the first portion of the workshop, the student presenters and tutors will describe 3Dprinting methods, discuss materials, teach students how to use the free software (GoogleSketchUp) to create their lamp designs, help students create STL files, tutor students in usingslicing software, and impart their experiences with the engineering lab 3D printers. During theweek students will print their designs. The second part of the workshop will deal with theCypress PSoC. Student presenters will teach workshop attendees how to choose an appropriatedevice for the design, how to wire/solder sensors (capacitive sensors) and LEDs to the PSoC,how to assemble the smart lamps that they have printed previously, how to use PSoC Creator3.0, and how to program the PSoC. At the end of the workshop all attendees will have smartlamps of their own design including the individually programmed color patterns and lampbehaviors.Assessment of student learning and attitudes due to the implementation of 3D printers and PSoCswill be addressed. Student pre- and post-workshop questionnaires will be developed,administered, and analyzed. Finished student 3D-printed smart lamps will be analyzed as welland a conclusion on the acceptance of these technologies by undergraduate students will bederived.

Jaksic, N. I., & Desai, P. D., & Van Deest, R., & DePalma, J. L. (2015, June), 3D-Printed Smart Lamp Workshop Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23354

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