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Facilitating Additive Manufacturing Engagement and OutreachIn addition to delivering instruction on the technical dimensions of additive manufacturing,engineering technology can, and some say must play a role in delivering instruction on additivemanufacturing’s role in stimulating economic development, regional transformation, anddomestic competitiveness. That is, the technology must be brought out of the lab and madeaccessible to those who have or can potentially have a role to play in the political and economicprocess. In the spring of 2014, an initiative was launched to improve accessibility to additivemanufacturing. The engagement and outreach efforts not only focused on internal outreach topromote awareness within a general population but also to the general public. An additivemanufacturing workshop was completed by selected member of a general population during thesummer. Over the course of time, those who completed the workshop became advocates onbehalf of the technology. Those advocates continue to be monitored with respect to their impacton their engagement and outreach efforts as they relate to additive manufacturing. In the fall of2014, industrial grade additive manufacturing equipment was deployed to a more public facilityand one in which members of the community would have greater access to the technology. Inaddition, personnel, including students, staff, and lay faculty, were trained on the equipment andtechnology. In response, as additional advocates are trained and then educated, their impact willcontinue to be monitored and additional engagement and outreach initiatives deployed. Atpresent, key is the sustainability of the engagement and outreach initiatives. That is how canthese engagement and outreach initiatives be developed further and matured ecologically,economically, politically, and culturally. The literature is rich with models that can be deployed.These models include initiatives that pair up selected advocates and other personnel withexternal constituents from industry, innovation hubs, non-profits, and academic institutions. Thisinitiative is also exploring opportunities to deploy additive manufacturing “vending machines” aspart of greater community engagement model for stimulating economic development, regionaltransformation, and domestic competitiveness.
Agarwala, R., & Chin, R. A. (2015, June), Facilitating Additive Manufacturing Engagement and Outreach Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24086
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