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Acclimating Mechanical Designers to Manufacturing Tolerances in the Freshman Year

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Design Education I

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22.134.1 - 22.134.12



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Julia L. Morse Kansas State University, Salina

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Julia Morse is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering Technology at Kansas State University, K-State, Salina. She teaches lecture and laboratory courses in the areas of computer-aided design, manufacturing and automation. Ms. Morse earned a B.S.I.E. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Auburn University, where she also worked with Auburn Industrial Extension Service. Her work in industry includes engineering experience in quality control, industrial engineering, and design and development functions for automotive parts manufacturers in North Carolina and Germany.

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Raju S. Dandu Kansas State University, Salina

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Dr. Raju Dandu, professor in mechanical engineering technology at Kansas State University Salina, specializing in sustainable product design, development, manufacturing, energy efficiency, and effective equipment maintenance programs. He provided reliability centered maintenance instruction and hands on training to local food manufacturer. He has four years of plant maintenance experience as a mechanical engineer in thermal and nuclear power industry. He has been in education for last 13 years teaching design, manufacturing, and industrial automation related courses.

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Acclimating Mechanical Designers to Manufacturing Tolerances in the Freshman Year It is often a challenge for beginning mechanical designers to conceptualize and judgeappropriate specification of dimensional tolerances of parts. The Mechanical EngineeringTechnology Program at [University Name] applies a hands-on approach which acclimatesstudents to tolerancing issues through a freshmen course sequence involving manufacturingprocesses, CNC, and mechanical detailing. Students learn to perform machining and formingprocesses to expected tolerance specifications—and to inspect their work. Toleranced part printsand inspection sheets reinforce expectations and provide examples of standard practice. Springsemester experiences in the CNC lab allow students to focus on sources of variation whenoperator error is negligible. The entire sequence culminates with design teams designing anassembly prototype which must be manufactured to their specifications by another team. The early awareness and experiences encountered by these students their freshmen yearprovide a foundation for future courses and design projects.

Morse, J. L., & Dandu, R. S. (2011, June), Acclimating Mechanical Designers to Manufacturing Tolerances in the Freshman Year Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17415

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