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Hands on Made4Me: Hands-on Machining, Analysis, and Design Experiences for Mechanical Engineers

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Page Numbers

24.658.1 - 24.658.41



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Jeremy John Vaillant University of Massachusetts Lowell

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Jeremy Vaillant is a Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree candidate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is interested in the development and use of low-cost CNC machines for educational deployment.

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Christopher Hansen University of Massachusetts, Lowell Orcid 16x16

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Jonathan D. Stolk Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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Stephen Johnston University of Massachusetts, Lowell


Sammy G. Shina University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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Sammy G. Shina, P.h.D., P.E., is the professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and has previously lectured at University of Pennsylvania’s EXMSE Program and at the University of California Irvine. He is the coordinator of the Design and Manufacturing Certificate, the Quality Engineering Certificate, the ME senior Capstone Projects and COOP education at UML. He is a past chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Robotics/FMS and a founding member of the Massachusetts Quality Award. He is the founder of the New England Lead Free Consortium. He is the author of several best-selling books on Concurrent Engineering, Six Sigma, Green Design and Engineering Project Management. He contributed two chapters and over 170 technical publications and presentations in his fields of research.

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David Joe Willis University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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David Willis is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests include computational and applied aerodynamics (biologically inspired flight, wind energy and aerodynamic decelerators) and engineering education.

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Hands on Made4Me: Hands-on Machining, Analysis and Design Experiences for Mechanical Engineers By: D.J. Willis*, J. Stolk^, C.J. Hansen*, S.P. Johnston+ and S. Shina* • • * Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell ^ • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Olin College + • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell We will present preliminary results from our introduction of hands-on machining,analysis and design experiences in the freshman, sophomore and capstone design coursesin the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.These hands-on experiences are being introduced using several lower cost, desktop com-puter numerical control (CNC) prototyping machines/stations that have both milling and3-dimensional printing capability. These lower-accuracy desktop prototyping tools andlower cost prototyping materials (machining wax, wood, ABS plastic, etc), provide theopportunity for real, hands-on prototyping and advanced machining experiences for engi-neering students that may not be otherwise possible with higher cost, manufacturing ma-chines that often demand more experienced operators. With these lower cost machines,we are able to introduce the science and engineering behind modern prototyping andmanufacturing while allowing students to explore, experience and understand these con-cepts in a hands-on, design oriented manner. Our poster will highlight how these desktop prototyping systems have been intro-duced and integrated into freshman and sophomore courses. Several examples highlight-ing the use of the prototyping machines to enhance student experiential learning in engi-neering and fundamental science will be presented. Preliminary results of student en-gagement and motivation studies in these courses will be presented and compared withsimilar traditional courses to provide insight into on how these hands-on prototyping ex-periences can engage and motivate engineering students. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation un-der Grant No 1245657. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations ex-pressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the viewsof the National Science Foundation.

Vaillant, J. J., & Hansen, C., & Stolk, J. D., & Johnston, S., & Shina, S. G., & Willis, D. J. (2014, June), Hands on Made4Me: Hands-on Machining, Analysis, and Design Experiences for Mechanical Engineers Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20549

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