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A Flexible, Portable Making Solution to Enable Hands-On Learning with Additive Manufacturing in Cornerstone Engineering Design

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2019 FYEE Conference

Location

Penn State University , Pennsylvania

Publication Date

July 28, 2019

Start Date

July 28, 2019

End Date

July 30, 2019

Conference Session

M2A: Learning By Design 1

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FYEE Conference - Paper Submission

Page Count

7

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https://peer.asee.org/33672

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17

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Nicholas A Meisel The Pennsylvania State University

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Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Meisel is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Design in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. He joined the faculty at Penn State in Fall 2015, where he conducts research in the area of design for additive manufacturing.

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Sarah C Ritter Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Sarah C. Ritter, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs at the Pennsylvania State University and course chair for EDSGN 100, the cornerstone engineering design course. She received her BS degree from Louisiana Tech University and PhD degree from Texas A&M University, both in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focused on developing an optics-based system for long-term monitoring of relevant blood analytes, such as glucose for patients with diabetes. At Penn State University, she teaches Introduction to Engineering Design and a graduate-level Engineering Design Studio course.

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Abstract

Additive manufacturing, colloquially 3D printing, is rising in prominence as a tool to support hands-on “making” education in cornerstone engineering design. While many universities are implementing centrally-located facilities to process printed designs for students, such centers often limit student access to the printers. This, in turn, limits a student’s ability to understand how the manufacturing process influences the viability of printing their digital design. To address this concern, this paper discusses the creation of a flexible, portable making solution that offers students the chance to gain familiarity with the 3D printing process in a way that complements the high throughput offered by centrally located facilities. The proposed making solution incorporates low-cost equipment intended to expose students to a variety of elements associated with 3D printing, including digital design, 3D scanning, print preparation, material extrusion, and manufacturability constraints. The integration of the proposed solution with existing manufacturing lessons and faculty skillsets is also discussed.

Meisel, N. A., & Ritter, S. C. (2019, July), A Flexible, Portable Making Solution to Enable Hands-On Learning with Additive Manufacturing in Cornerstone Engineering Design Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/33672

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