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Applying 3D Printing to Enhance Learning in Undergraduate Kinematic and Dynamic of Machinery Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Integrating Additive Manufacturing Practices in Education

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Eshan Ghotbi Alfred University

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Dr Ehsan Ghotbi is an Assistant Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. His interests include Design Optimization, Renewable Energy, Engineering Economy and Learning Process. He is teaching Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis of Machinery, Machine Design, Engineering Economics, Engineering Optimization and Vibration to Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

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Abstract This paper presents the application of 3D printing to enhance the learning of undergraduate students about the mechanisms (linkage, Cam-Follower) on Kinematic and Dynamic of Machinery course. In this course, students will learn how a mechanical mechanism, including linkage and cam-follower mechanism, is working. They will learn to do analysis of a mechanism or synthesis of a mechanism to provide a specified task. To enhance their understanding about the mechanism, I designed a project for this course. The project has four phases. On phase I, each group, consisting 4 to 5 students, should select a mechanism to design. On phase II, they design, synthesis, the mechanism based on what they have learned in the class. On phase III, they make drawing on Solidworks. On phase IV, they sent the drawing file to the 3D printer facility to print the parts of the mechanism. They assemble the parts and come out with the rea; mechanism. This project will help them to see how their knowledge can help them to build a mechanical mechanism.

Ghotbi, E. (2017, June), Applying 3D Printing to Enhance Learning in Undergraduate Kinematic and Dynamic of Machinery Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27600

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