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Enhancing Additive Manufacturing Education Using Virtual Rapid Prototyping Simulator Tool

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Innovations in Additive Manufacturing Education

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Aditya Akundi University of Texas, El Paso Orcid 16x16

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Aditya Akundi is currently affiliated to Industrial Manufacturing and Systems Engineering department, and Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems at University of Texas, ElPaso.

He earned a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Intrigued by Systems Engineering , he earned a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a concentration in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Unniversity of Texas in 2016. His research is focused on undersanding Complex Technical and Socio-Technical Systems from an Infromation Theortic approach.
He has worked on a number of projects in the field of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Green Energy Manufacturing. His research interests are in Systems Engineering & Architecture, Complex systems, Systems testing and Application of Entropy to Complex Systems.

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The increased use of agile manufacturing through 3-D printing in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) there have been several Additive Manufacturing projects commissioned by U.S Navy, Pentagon and associated defense industries. Worth mentioning is the use of 3D printers by defense giants such to manufacture tools and components used for building F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. With the widely observed use of Additive Manufacturing technologies for agile product development in industries, there exists a vital need on innovating, identifying and establishing innovative ways to train emerging manufacturing engineering workforce. This paper, investigates the use of a virtual Rapid Prototyping (RP) simulator developed at The University of Texas at El Paso especially for training and preparing students to meet the needs of industry and for promoting advanced manufacturing technologies in higher education. Considering the increase in computer aided education in this industrial era, RP simulator tool developed provides interested users with a hands on training with an immersive virtual experience to better understanding AM at no significant cost. The developed Rapid Prototyping (RP) simulator tool provided a platform that aided in a hybrid instructional approach for providing both hands-on and virtual learning. The authors in this paper, explore if a non-traditional instruction approach like the RP simulator could compete with and/or substitute to the traditional method (i.e., a face-to-face class).

Akundi, A. (2017, June), Enhancing Additive Manufacturing Education Using Virtual Rapid Prototyping Simulator Tool Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28271

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