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Board # 122 : MAKER: A New Course on the Changing World of 3D Printing and Prototyping for Non-Engineers

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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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Yalcin Ertekin Drexel University

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Dr. Ertekin received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He received MS degree in Production Management from Istanbul University. After working for Chrysler Truck Manufacturing Company in Turkey as a project engineer, he received dual MS degrees in engineering management and mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla. He worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as a quality assurance engineer for two years and lived in Toyota City, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MS&T in 1999 while he worked as a quality engineer for Lumbee Enterprises in St. Louis, Missouri. His first teaching position was at the architectural and manufacturing Sciences department of Western Kentucky University. He was a faculty at Trine University teaching mainly graduate courses as well as undergraduate courses in engineering technology and mechanical engineering departments. He is currently teaching in Engineering Technology Program at Drexel University. His area of expertise is in CAD/CAM, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, rapid prototyping and quality control. His research interest includes sensor based condition monitoring of CNC machining, machine tool accuracy characterization and enhancement, non-invasive surgical tool design, reverse engineering and bio materials.

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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University

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Michael Mauk is Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Engineering Technology program.

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In recent years there has been a big push to get students into the STEM fields. However, what seems to be lacking in this academic push is the hands on side of it. Engineering simply just isn’t about equations, but actually developing and building physical prototypes towards a final goal of developing and/or improving a product. Something you can touch and in most cases see work. This newly developed course is designed for non-engineering majors as well as engineering students as an introduction and survey of rapid-prototyping, especially centered on the advent, impact, and utility of 3D printers and supporting digital technology: computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. The course covers both the concepts and practice of 3D printing and prototyping, emphasizing hands-on work developing computer-based design models (“drawings”) and fabricating prototypes (“parts”) using current tools for desktop manufacturing including 3D printers, laser cutters, desktop engravers, and micro-molding and printing. With this knowledge and skill set, students are able to design, develop and demonstrate a working product suitable for commercialization. Expected student learning outcomes assessment in this course is performed using mid-term and final exams and written reports and oral presentations as well as an evaluation of each student’s contribution to a term project.

Ertekin, Y., & Mauk, M. G. (2017, June), Board # 122 : MAKER: A New Course on the Changing World of 3D Printing and Prototyping for Non-Engineers Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27712

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