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Integrating An Industrial Design Project Into A Met Course

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Industrial-Sponsored Design

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9.752.1 - 9.752.11

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Edward Vavrek

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Session No. 1325

Integrating an Industrial Design Project into a MET Course

Edward M. Vavrek Purdue University North Central

Introduction I teach a course in Mechanical Engineering Technology called Production Drawing. It is offered in the spring semester during the students’ sophomore year. At this level the students have taken two courses in AutoCAD and are proficient in the use of CAD. In Production Drawing, AutoCAD is not specifically taught although some aspects of the software are reviewed as required. Production Drawing covers how to develop working drawings and a Bill of Materials for a design project. Working drawings are assembly drawings that show the parts assembled and numbers all the parts to correspond with the Bill of Material. The bill of material is a parts list that provides all specifications of manufactured parts, purchased parts, and fasteners needed for the design. The students learn how to detail and select parts that are needed for the design project. Detailed parts are specialized parts that are manufactured instead of purchased. Students learn the proper techniques to dimension, tolerance, call out material, weld symbols, finished surfaces, geometrical tolerances, and fits between parts. In this course, an Industrial Design Project was introduced to have the students apply the skills they are learning to a real design project. A local manufacturing company of high speed rotating equipment for the printing industry has allowed us to design one of their pieces of equipment. The paper will discuss what the students learn and how it applies to the real world. It discusses the what the students learned before the industrial project was introduce and what impact the project has made on student learning. The students get real practice for industry and the project covers all the topics taught in this course.

The Company Western Printing Machinery is a custom manufacture of advanced high speed inline and offline web (paper) finishing machinery systems for commercial printing and converting businesses. The web is a continuous stream of paper that attains speeds up to 2000 fpm. Figure 1 shows a typical inline system. The inline system is typically configured after the printing press system. The operation of a printing press is to place images and text on the web and dry the ink before heading into the inline system or a folding system.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 7 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Vavrek, E. (2004, June), Integrating An Industrial Design Project Into A Met Course Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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