June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Integration of Simulation Tools in Manufacturing Processes CourseGlobal competitions and technological advances are forcing manufacturers, designers andengineers to constantly innovate new product manufacturing strategies in reducingproduct development cost and time. Contemporary manufacturers have the option ofselecting optimum technologies or processes to suit their manufacturing environment.Fast paced transformations in Engineering Technology (ET) field require new andenhanced learning and teaching strategies in engineering technology curriculum. Morethan ever, the educational advance is leaning towards meeting the demands of industrialworld. Engineering Technology curricula needs to adapt to novel technologies andmodern tools by enabling students to acquire meaningful and relevant practices.Laboratory activities should be incorporated into dry-lectured courses, being vital to ETprograms, since they are ultimately enhancing the understanding process, leading towardsdeveloping experience-led engineering technology degree.The desired set of skills required of modern engineers and technologists has been steadilyexpanding. In addition to familiarity with a number of manufacturing processes andCAD/CAM techniques, various process simulation tools are increasingly becoming anessential tool in the design and manufacturing of complex systems. In this paper, theintegration of Mold flow and SolidWorks plastics tools in traditional manufacturingprocesses course is presented. SolidWorks plastics bring easy-to-use injection moldingsimulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds, as well asadvanced CAE analysis. It simulates how melted plastic flows during the injectionmolding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds. Studentscan quickly evaluate manufacturability during design process, to eliminate costly moldrework, improve part quality, and accelerate time to market. A Results Adviser providestroubleshooting steps and practical design advice to help diagnose and avoid potentialproblems. Similar to SolidWorks plastics, Moldflow software also provides simulationtools for injection mold design, plastic part design, and the injection molding designprocess. Moldflow simulation software helps reduce the need for costly physicalprototypes avoid potential manufacturing defects, and helps bring innovative products tomarket faster. Laboratory and project activities are being developed and used to promotecreativity and critical thinking, a place where students develop, practice and improve therequired skills using modern tools, and a place where theory meets the real-like scenarios.The significance of the methodology used in this project is to combine theory andpractice to prepare the students to become better problem solvers and obtain practicalsolutions to real life/simulated problems using a lab and project-based approach.
Ertekin, Y., & Chiou, R. (2015, June), Integration of Simulation Tools in Manufacturing Processes Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24339
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