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Developing a Virtual Reality Module to Improve the Student Learning Experience in an Additive Manufacturing Curriculum

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Experimentation and Laboratory-oriented Studies Division Technical Session 2

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Jing Zhang Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jing Zhang's research interests are broadly centered on understanding the processing-structure-property relationships in advanced ceramics and metals for optimal performance in application, and identifying desirable processing routes for its manufacture. To this end, the research group employs a blend of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches, focusing on several areas, including:

1. Processing-Microstructure-Property-Performance Relationships: thermal barrier coating, solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen transport membrane, lithium-ion battery
2. Physics-based Multi-scale Models: ab initio, molecular dynamics (MD), discrete element models (DEM), finite element models (FEM)
3. Coupled Phenomena: diffusion-thermomechanical properties
4. Additve Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing: AM materials characterization, AM process (laser metal powder bed fusion, ceramic slurry extrusion) design and modeling


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Glorio Singui Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

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Shambhuraj Hansraj Wadghule

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Chauncey Eugene Frend


Tejesh Charles Dube Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Tejesh Charles Dube is a mechanical engineering graduate student interested in structural and material science applications. His research interests revolve around CAD modeling, additive manufacturing, design for sustainable manufacturing and bioengineering.

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Michael Golub Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Michael Golub is the Academic Laboratory Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering department at IUPUI. He is an associate faculty at the same school, and has taught at several other colleges. He has conducted research related to Arctic Electric Vehicles and 3D printed plastics and metals. He participated and advised several student academic competition teams for several years. His team won 1st place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. He has two masters degrees: one M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.F.A. in Television Production. He also has three B.S. degrees in Liberal Arts, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy.

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In our current additive manufacturing (AM) curriculum, the study relies on taking lectures and physical lab experiment. With the advance of virtual reality (VR) technologies in terms of both software and hardware, there is a need to advance the education with adopting advanced VR technologies. In this project, we present our latest results of developing a new VR module in AM curriculum. Specifically, the developed VR module will be presented. In the on-going research, students will be required to use the VR module in comparison with the physical lab experiment. The focus will be understanding the effectiveness of VR technology on engineering curriculum.

Zhang, J., & Singui, G., & Wadghule, S. H., & Frend, C. E., & Dube, T. C., & Golub, M. (2020, June), Developing a Virtual Reality Module to Improve the Student Learning Experience in an Additive Manufacturing Curriculum Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34420

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