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Educational Challenges in Design for Additive Manufacturing

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Innovations in Curriculum and Course Development

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Tumkor Serdar University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown

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Serdar Tumkor is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Dr. Tumkor has more than 20 years of experience in education, having taught at Stevens Institute of Technology and Istanbul Technical University. His engineering experience includes design, manufacturing, and product development. He has been lecturing Engineering Drawing, Manufacturing Processes, Mechanisms and Machine Dynamics, Machine Design, Engineering Design, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses.

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The unique capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM) enable any complex topological form in a design without manufacturing difficulty or additional cost. Complex geometric shapes, multi-material, and/or multi-functional parts can be additively manufactured in a single operation which is a big advantage over conventional manufacturing processes. In order to benefit from these advantages, designers for AM need sophisticated skills and tools that integrate material information with geometry, for example simulation and topology optimization tools, materials databases, and manufacturing process analysis and simulation tools. While the future use of AM is uncertain, it is expected to expand in industry for highly customized and multi-functional parts with complex shapes. Therefore students need to learn how to design for customized and complex products for the future applications of the additive manufacturing. The long-term success of additive manufacturing depends on designers that think conceptually different than conventional way. In order to improve design skills with complex geometries used in products manufactured with additive technologies, MET1172 CAE and CADD class assignments are modified. This paper discusses the results of this attempt.

Serdar, T. (2016, June), Educational Challenges in Design for Additive Manufacturing Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27294

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