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Animations As Support For The Teaching Of The Manufacturing

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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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Computers in Manufacturing Education

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7.205.1 - 7.205.9



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Marek Balazinski

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Aleksander Przybylo

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Session 3263

Animations as support for the teaching of manufacturing

Marek Balazinski, Aleksander Przybylo

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Mechanical Engineering Department

Abstract In this paper a variety of computer animations are presented. These animations are used during the Advanced Manufacturing course given in Mechanical Engineering Department at École Polytechnique de Montréal. The project has been realized using the Macromedias Flash 5 and Corel Draw 10 software. The teaching evaluation of the animations as a lecture tool proved that this new learning technology produces excellent results and enhances the teaching process.

Key words: teaching, manufacturing, simulation, animation.

1 Introduction Teaching manufacturing processes requires students to acquire a good understanding of theories related to strength of materials, heat transfer, materials structure, etc. Manufacturing processes are often very complex and difficult to explain; therefore, the implementation of numerous laboratory sessions is required. Laboratory sessions are expensive, long to prepare and their efficiency is sometimes affected by parasitic phenomena that make the interpretation of laboratory results difficult. The use of films is also long and costly. In addition, films make it impossible to separate the different phenomena that come into play in a manufacturing process.

Computer animations and simulations more easily show the individual process of interest. Several studies [1, 2] find multimedia instruction both more effective and more efficient than conventional instruction. Recently developed software libraries and tools such as Macromedia Flash 5 TM make the development of animations and simulations possible, even though they are not specially developed for this purpose.

During the Advanced Manufacturing course given in the Mechanical Engineering Department at École Polytechnique de Montréal, in order to explain some manufacturing problems, a variety of computer animations have been realized. The slide-shows used during this course (which were already containing short movies) have been enhanced with animations available through the course web site at the address:

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Balazinski, M., & Przybylo, A. (2002, June), Animations As Support For The Teaching Of The Manufacturing Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11220

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