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Integrated Tool Design And Manufacturing Within Advanced Hands On Projects

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Curriculum Development in Manufacturing Engineering Technology

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8.720.1 - 8.720.14



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Fred Vondra

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Ali Sekmen

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Ismail Fidan

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Session 3247

Integrated Tool Design and Manufacturing within Advanced Hands-on Projects

Ismail Fidan1, Ali Sekmen2, Fred Vondra1 1 Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505/ 2Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37209


In most manufacturing technology programs, CAD, CNC, CAM, and Manufacturing Processes courses are usually the main components of any NAIT or TAC-ABET accredited curriculum. Currently these courses are offered in separate sequential semesters and students have no opportunity to practice their separate learnings within a step-by-step, integrated, hands-on project environment. In this paper, authors will present their implementation practiced at the Tennessee Tech University. Tooling projects are decided between the faculty members and students first, and then the following steps are followed: • Set up the project objectives and student gaining first. • Select a project topic and investigate the alternative production methods, resources available and make a lifecycle and cycle time analysis. • Distribute the work in team and schedule the activities. • Design the part and required tooling using available CAD packages: 2D(AutoCAD), 3D(Mechanical Desktop and Pro/Engineer). • Generate the CNC machining code: molds or parts are virtually machined and simulated using CNCez or MasterCAM.

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Vondra, F., & Sekmen, A., & Fidan, I. (2003, June), Integrated Tool Design And Manufacturing Within Advanced Hands On Projects Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12397

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