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Board # 123 : MAKER: Setup and Evaluation of Remotely Accessible 3D Printer Infrastructure for CAD/CAM, CNC, and STEM Courses

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Make It!

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Manufacturing

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8

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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Kory J. Goldammer Richland College

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Brian Morgan Fleming Richland College

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Roderick R. Crowder Richland College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4413-8752

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Professor Roderick Crowder is full-time Lead Faculty, Program Coordinator, and Engineering Curriculum Chair in the School of Engineering & Technology at Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District. His research interests include sustainable energy systems, RFID, engineering education, intelligent manufacturing system design and manufacturing system process automation.

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Ralph S. Wiser Richland College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7312-8342

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Ralph Wiser is a research assistant and engineering student in the School of Engineering & Technology at Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District. He recently completed a internship with an applications engineering group at Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico. Ralph is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering and intends to transfer to Texas A&M University.

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Esraa Elanany Richland College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3194-857X

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Esraa Elanany is a research assistant and engineering student in the School of Engineering & Technology at Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District. Esraa is currently majoring in Software Engineering and intends to transfer to Baylor University upon completion of her studies. In addition to her current research efforts, Esraa’s project work includes improving the efficiency of die-sensitized solar cells using a composite of Olive drab E dye and Silver Nano Particles.

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Abstract

Advances in additive manufacturing (AM) have enabled designers and engineers to demonstrate their ideas and build prototypes efficiently and conveniently. Schools, colleges, and universities have welcomed this technology into their classrooms. Richland College (RLC) of the Dallas County Community College District is a two-year college located in Dallas, Texas. It serves approximately 20,000 credit students. RLC worked in collaboration with Texas A&M University, located in College Station, Texas to develop and evaluate a remotely accessible 3D printing infrastructure. This paper describes a remotely accessible system consisting of a commercial 3D printer, work-flow processing, and remote viewing. Students can submit a job after a credential check. The STL file is sliced and uploaded to the 3D printer. Students can view the part being made via webcam and streaming via internet video-sharing providers. Results from a survey of two-year college students who used the system suggest they believe that the system is very relevant to their education and would like to see more tool and system like this made available. Students also commented positively on the system setup including the instructions on how to connect to the 3D printer, the ease-of-use of the remote access application software for connectivity to the 3D printer, and the real-time video of the part being made.

Hsieh, S., & Goldammer, K. J., & Fleming, B. M., & Crowder, R. R., & Wiser, R. S., & Elanany, E. (2017, June), Board # 123 : MAKER: Setup and Evaluation of Remotely Accessible 3D Printer Infrastructure for CAD/CAM, CNC, and STEM Courses Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27715

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