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Integration of 3-D Printed Drone Project in General Engineering Curriculum

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies Division Technical Session 6

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Gavin Garrett Tipker Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis


Michael Golub Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Michael Golub is the Academic Laboratory Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering department at IUPUI. He is an associate faculty at the same school, and has taught at several other colleges. He has conducted research related to Arctic Electric Vehicles and 3D printed plastics and metals. He participated and advised several student academic competition teams for several years. His team won 1st place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. He has two masters degrees: one M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.F.A. in Television Production. He also has three B.S. degrees in Liberal Arts, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy.

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Tejesh Charles Dube Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate student interested in structural and material science application in the field of mechanical engineering.

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Jing Zhang Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jing Zhang's research interests are broadly centered on understanding the processing-structure-property relationships in advanced ceramics and metals for optimal performance in application, and identifying desirable processing routes for its manufacture. To this end, the research group employs a blend of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches, focusing on several areas, including:

1. Processing-Microstructure-Property-Performance Relationships: thermal barrier coating, solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen transport membrane, lithium-ion battery
2. Physics-based Multi-scale Models: ab initio, molecular dynamics (MD), discrete element models (DEM), finite element models (FEM)
3. Coupled Phenomena: diffusion-thermomechanical properties
4. Additve Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing: AM materials characterization, AM process (laser metal powder bed fusion, ceramic slurry extrusion) design and modeling


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We recently developed a new project-based 3D printing module in general engineering curriculum. Specifically, students are required to make a drone using 3D printed components. The revised engineering course with the new module has received extensive interests and positive feedback from students. They learned how to apply the fundamentals, applications, and implications of 3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) in a real-world project. Altering curriculum with these projects requires adequate laboratory and shop space, as well as adequate funding. This paper will address these challenges, and provide justification for continued participation in these competitions. A summary of the student work will be provided. Students were interviewed about their 3d project experiences. Using qualitative analysis methods we will provide the results of this effort.

Tipker, G. G., & Golub, M., & Dube, T. C., & Zhang, J. (2019, June), Integration of 3-D Printed Drone Project in General Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--31911

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