June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Expanding a Manufacturing Technology Curriculum to Include Additive ManufacturingThe conventional manufacturing approach of making a part is cutting, or subtracting, thematerial out of a block of material to form the shape of the part. This technique is calledSubtractive Manufacturing (SM). In the most recent twenty some years, Rapid Prototypingtechnology has developed new manufacturing approaches to fulfill needs in product designprocess; this new manufacturing technology is called Additive Manufacturing (AM). AMtechnology builds a part by depositing the material, or sometimes multiple types of materials,layer by layer to form the part. By using an approach that is the opposite of SM, AM, whichapplies in several different methods, can build parts that are difficult or impossible to make viaSM methods, such as complete path routings or a part within another part. Therefore thisinnovative technology has the potential to change the way we design and produce products.Having realized the importance of stimulating research and promoting AM, ASTM Internationalis developing standard for this new technology.In order to adopt the new technology and respond to the increasing needs for AM relatedpositions in the technology professions, AM technology is proposed to be added to the currentManufacturing Technology curriculum. This paper will state the rationale of adding AM to theexisting curriculum, analyze the courses to be included, discuss the approach to merge AM intothe current manufacturing curriculum, the process of acquire the proper equipment and facility,and subsequent program assessment.
Chen, C., & Salama., A. (2011, June), Expanding a Manufacturing Technology Curriculum to Include Additive Manufacturing Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17954
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