June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
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Innovative Delivery of MIT4450--Rapid Prototyping Course
Abstract Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (MIT) is one of the well-known majors at the College of Engineering of Tennessee Tech University (TTU) located in Cookeville, TN. MIT students graduate with a BS in Industrial Technology and take 121 credit-hour coursework to complete their degrees.
During the Fall 2007 semester MIT4450--Rapid Prototyping course has been re-structured to offer fully online laboratory component for students’ practice. Students were able to prototype their parts through remotely accessible Rapid Prototyping Laboratory.
Web-enhanced MIT4450 course students were also able to interact with students in Western Nevada College and prototype joint project parts with the campus engineering students. Another K-12 school in Nevada also participated in project and their students have learned the cutting edge RP practices through MIT4450 Rapid Prototyping course.
This paper will report the currently structured, innovative MIT4450 course and its findings received from the university-institutional review board (IRB) approved survey tool.
Introduction Rapid prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using 3D models and additive fabrication technologies. The first techniques for rapid prototyping became available in the late 1980s and were used to produce models and prototype parts. Today, they are used for a much wider range of applications in defense, biomedical engineering, art and simulation.
TTU has been offering RP course since early 2004. This course is offered for the senior level technology students; however various engineering and science students also take it. With the availability of a remotely accessible RP laboratory, course students were able to access the laboratory remotely and perform various team projects for their in-class assignments.
MIT4450 Course Restructure Since the course has been offered via Deside2Learn (D2L) online course system, it was a hybrid course with its face-to-face instructional components. Laboratory practices have been accomplished with the help of a student assistant and he was processing the parts and submitting them directly to student teams. In order to generate the 3D models, Pro/Engineer Wildfire 2 software has been used and course students have learned how to use it to generate their models in .stl part file format.
Fidan, I., & Pinkstaff, A., & Taban, F. (2008, June), Innovative Delivery Of Mit4450 Rapid Prototyping Course Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4432
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