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A Concurrent Engineering Project: Application In Integrated Mechanical Design

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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ET International Collaborations

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7.31.1 - 7.31.12



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Jean-Yves Hascoet

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Benoit Furet

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Marek Balazinski

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Session 2649

Application in integrated mechanical design: A concurrent engineering project

Benoît Furet, Jean-Yves Hascoët, Marek Balazinski

Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Nantes et École Centrale Nantes - France /École Polytechnique de Montréal - Canada

Abstract This work presents a new educational application of integrated mechanical design. The main goal was the industrialization of a product by a team of technician students from the Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Nantes/IUT (France) with a student engineer 1 from the École Centrale Nantes/ECN (France) acting as the project manager.

Development in this project began with the product specifications and continued through testing of different prototypes. The students from the two schools were required to plan, organize, exchange, communicate, search and validate using the Concurrent Engineering organization and new tools of communications. The subject product was a new “all-terrain in-line roller” for a French sport equipment manufacturer.

During this project, several “new” tools of communication; E -mails, ftp, web, chat, white board, exchange files and Visio-communications were tested. The development team analyzed the reliability, relevancy and performance of these tools for teaching product design.

This industrialization project has been a great technological, pedagogical and human experience for the students in an industrial environment as well as for the teachers testing new tools for communication and learning in a design and manufacturing application.

Based on the results presented in this paper, we are now preparing a project for the next university session with a new partner: École Polytechnique de Montréal. Our intention is to conduct an experiment on a subject in the design group using new communication and Product Data Management tools. For this case the different technological cultures, teaching organizations and time zone considerations will be taken into account.

Key words: integrated mechanical design, concurrent engineering, international design project.

1 In France, university level college for the continuing education of qualified engineers

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference &Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Hascoet, J., & Furet, B., & Balazinski, M. (2002, June), A Concurrent Engineering Project: Application In Integrated Mechanical Design Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11313

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