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Integration Of Polymer Processing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, And Metal Casting Processes Via Rapid Prototyping

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.271.1 - 1.271.4

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Laura L. Sullivan

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Winston F. Erevelles

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..... Integration of Polymer Processing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Metal Casting Processes via Rapid Prototyping

Laura L. Sullivan and Winston F. Erevelles GMI Engineering & Management Institute

Abstract Facility preparation and curriculum design issues have been studied and a Stereolithography Apparatus has been purchased to be used by students of Polymer Processing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Metal Casting-at “GMI Engineering& Management Institute. The apparatus was installed in January of 1996. This is being followed by six months of training in solid modeling and use of the equipment, as well as finalization of early implementation plans for the Polymer Processing and Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes in the summer and fall of 1996. These plans will begin as part design information along with mold design requirements, derived and gathered by Polymer Processing students, are fed to students of Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Upon interfacing with the Polymer students, and equipped with SLA requirements, CIM students will develop appropriate solid models for prototyping. The development of permanent molds by students of metal casting is planned for long term. Plans for the use of this apparatus in pre-college programs is also planned for, with vision toward developing small focus groups comprised of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and prospective students. Young people will be exposed to modern rapid prototyping technology and how it is implemented within an actual manufacturing system. It is expected that in the future, the addition of stereolithography to GMI’s Polymer Processing/Computer Integrated Manufacturing laboratories will provide current exposure to manufacturing systems engineering for GMI students and inspiration in the area of Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) to young people considering further education in this field.

Introduction Integration of curricula in polymer processing, computer integrated manufacturing, and metal casting has focused on the area of rapid prototyping. Following an extensive comparative investigation, stereolithography was selected as the best means of integrating efforts in these laboratories. Specific applications of this technique to laboratory and classroom discussion have been identified. A development plan outlining a three tier approach to adding rapid prototyping to polymer processing, CIM, and metal casting curricula within the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program at GMI Engineering & Management Institute is in place.

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Sullivan, L. L., & Erevelles, W. F. (1996, June), Integration Of Polymer Processing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, And Metal Casting Processes Via Rapid Prototyping Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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