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Design and Fabrication of an Electric Go-kart Using 3D Printing

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Robotics, Automation, and Product Development

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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26.451.1 - 26.451.14



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Kee M Park Queensborough Community College

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Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor at Queensborough Community College, teaching various mechanical
engineering courses including statics, strength of materials, thermodynamics and fluids, and materials laboratory.
Dr. Park has extensive industrial experiences, working in design of consumer products, design of
power plants and research for U.S Department of Defense. Dr. Park’s research interest include simulation
and modeling, solid mechanics and renewable energy.

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Design and Fabrication of Electric Go-kart Using 3D PrintingMost engineering colleges have been providing outdated technologies in current high technologyera. Engineering students experience lack of next step to support theories which they areexposed in classes. For example, visualization is one of the critical validation methods ofengineering design, where current three Dimensions (3D) CAD modeling no longer satisfiestheir desires. However, advent of affordable 3D printers enables engineering colleges to provideextra tools of hands-on activity capabilities to their engineering students in theirengineering/technology courses and projects. This also leads them to the joys of product designby enabling them to experience at first-hand, an entire product design cycle in a few hours,students will have better mindset for learning.3D printers provides hands on approach where students can physically evaluate their designs andre-design, if necessary, to create parts that are not only functional but prototypes for parts thatcan be made from other materials. Designing go-kart can enables the students to specifyappropriate manufacturing processes for the fabrication of mechanical components and fabricatemechanical components using appropriate tools. 3D printers are already used in Introduction toVirtual Automation and can be incorporated into courses such as Manufacturing Process,Parametric Computer Aided Design and Cooperative Education & Design Projects.This paper presents how to bring current high technologies in engineering classes with the use of3D printers in design and fabrication of electric go-kart parts. Students in MechanicalEngineering Technology Club with interests in automotive technology as well as manufacturingtechnology were given the opportunities to design and build electrically powered go-kart to learnproduct design, prototyping and manufacturing.Students whom have completed courses in 3D CAD modeling and rapid prototyping usedSolidWorks CAD program to first design go-kart body parts and then learned to print the partsusing MakerBot Replicator 3D printers. This allows the students to quickly check for designissues such as fitment, interference, and stiffness of the parts before finalizing their designs.

Park, K. M. (2015, June), Design and Fabrication of an Electric Go-kart Using 3D Printing Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23789

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