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Development of 3D-Virtual Facility Tutorial Implemented in Mobile Environment to Enhance Additive Manufacturing Education

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.517.1 - 26.517.12



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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso


Aditya Akundi University of Texas at El Paso Orcid 16x16

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Aditya Akundi is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) track. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2012. He has worked on a number of projects in the field of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Green Energy Manufacturing. He is the current president of INCOSE UTEP student chapter along with being involved in UTEP Green Fund committee. His research interests are in Systems Engineering & Architecture, Complex systems, Systems testing and Application of Entropy to Complex Systems.

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Ryan Wicker University of Texas, El Paso

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RYAN WICKER, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor of mechanical engineering and director and founder of the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at the University of Texas, El Paso, where he also holds the endowed Mr. and Mrs. MacIntosh Murchison Chair I in Engineering. The Keck Center represents a world-class research facility that focuses on the use and development of additive manufacturing technologies for fabricating 3D objects that are plastic, metal, ceramic, of bio-compatible materials, composite materials, or that contain electronics. Major research efforts are underway at the Keck Center in the areas of additive manufacturing technology development; closed-loop process control strategies for additive manufacturing; additive manufacturing of various powder metal alloy systems; and 3D structural electronics in which electronics, and thus intelligence, are fabricated within additive manufacturing-fabricated mechanical structures.

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Zhonghua Hu University of Texas at El Paso

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Zhonghua Hu was born on April 2, 1983 in Shanghai, China. He got his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering on the summer of 2005 from Tongji University, Shanghai, China and Master of Science degree in Industrial Manufacturing and System Engineering at University of Texas on the winter of 2012. He started to pursue his Ph.D degree in Electrical Computer Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso from fall 2013. At UTEP, he worked as a research assistant at Industrial Systems Engineering Laboratory.

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Development of 3D-Virtual Facility Tutorial Implemented in Mobile Environment to Enhance Additive Manufacturing EducationTo date, improving manufacturing engineering education has become a major mission foruniversities, particularly when manufacturing industry is currently recovering in US. There is aneed to develop tutorial software implemented in mobile device to allow students to get access ofinstructional material in 24/7 and enhance student learning in manufacturing engineering coursesthat will give future workforce engineers the skills that manufacturing companies are searchingfor. This paper discusses software preparation and development to support undergraduate andgraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning environmentsthrough Cyber Based Rapid Manufacturing (CBRM) – preparing students for the needs of industryand promoting advanced manufacturing technologies in higher education. The software currentlyaims to be used in a mobile device like Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Window phone. It is alsoanticipated to be implemented in Android environment eventually. Software features are similarto 3D virtual Rapid Prototyping (RP) simulator based on “U Print” and include RP devicefundamental, virtual calibration, virtual manufacturing and virtual testing. This paper also aims atsupporting the development of the multidisciplinary educational activities. 

Tseng, T. B., & Akundi, A., & Chiou, R., & Wicker, R., & Hu, Z. (2015, June), Development of 3D-Virtual Facility Tutorial Implemented in Mobile Environment to Enhance Additive Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23856

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