June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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The Emerging Technologies and Technicians Workshop gave participants an exposure to and experiences with Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM), Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Digital Fabrication (“Fab Lab”) development and processes. Participants became familiar with these processes through an advanced project based learning activity. The host faculty facilitated the hands-‐on activities. Discussions and presentations about the implementation of and the subsequent role of FAB LABS for college economic development and academic programs was part of the workshop as well an industry tour. The participants became familiar with the manufacturing processes steps using Project Based Learning. The Rapid Prototyping process include the manufacturing steps of (1) Reverse Engineering of an assembly from which the design is made; (2) Additive and Subtraction Manufacturing; (4) Machining and/or reshaping of the materials; and (5) tests and checks for quality assurance during and after the processes. Planning the production process prior to manufacturing and modifications to the product ensured success. This paper and poster will outline the workshop activities and share the resulting fabricated products. It will also provide a summary of curriculum and economic development alignment discussions.
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