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Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project to Develop a Teaching Tool: Dragon Conductive 3-D Printer

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Capstone Design Projects

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24.800.1 - 24.800.9



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Yalcin Ertekin Drexel University (Tech.)

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Yalcin Ertekin received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly The University of Missouri-Rolla). He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE). His teaching responsibilities include Computer Numerical Control, manufacturing processes, applied quality control, mechanical design, and applied mechanics, manufacturing information management systems, introduction to technology and graphical communication as well as senior design courses. He developed two online graduate courses: rapid prototyping and product design and lean manufacturing principles for MSET program. Dr. Ertekin has over six years of industrial experience related to quality and design engineering mostly in automotive industry. He worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as a quality assurance engineer for two years and lived in Toyota City, Japan. His area of expertise is in CAD/CAM, manufacturing processes, machine design with CAE methods, rapid prototyping, CNC machining and quality control. His research interest includes sensor based condition monitoring of machining processes, machine tool accuracy characterization and enhancement, non-invasive surgical tool design and bio-materials applications. During his career, Dr. Ertekin published papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his area of research interest. He has also been PI for various NSF research projects including NSF-TUES and MRI programs. Dr. Ertekin is an active member in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and currently serves as a chair of Philadelphia SME Chapter-15.

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Irina Nicoleta Ciobanescu Husanu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Joshua Konstantinos

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Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project to Develop a Teaching Tool: Dragon Conductive3D PrinterThe desired current set of skills required of modern engineers and technologists has beensteadily expanding. In addition to familiarity with manual machining and prototypingtechniques, mastering CAD/CAM, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and automation methodsare increasingly becoming essential tools in the design, prototyping and manufacturing ofcomplex systems. In this paper, an inter-disciplinary design project towards the development ofa 3D printer machine is presented as an alternative to purchasing and installing traditionalprototyping equipment to provide hands on experience. The Dragon 3D printer is designed tobridge the gap between commercial printers and consumer 3D printers – to be the first“prosumer” 3D printer. However, the Dragon printer is more than just an upgraded Makerbot –it has features that are not available even on commercial models. The Dragon printer hasevolved into a commercial printer with never before seen features - for a fraction of the cost,and perhaps most interestingly, at a fraction of the cost to run as other commercial models. Themost exciting feature of the Dragon conductive 3D printer is its ability to create 3D prints withintegrated traces and variable resistivity. This will take 3D printing from making solid objects tomaking useful electronic devices. The Dragon 3D printer will be useful for engineeringtechnology classes – because it continues the trend of technology being more powerful, morehands on, and available for a fraction of the cost of other alternatives. The Dragon 3D printerwill make prototyping viable for larger parts – in a way that was not possible with smallerprinters and expensive filament. The Dragon 3D printer will be a boon to students, prototypes,and hobbyists interested in the exciting field of rapid prototyping. The significance of the methodology to be applied in this capstone course project is tocombine theory and practice to prepare the students to become better problem solvers andobtain practical solutions to real life/simulated problems using a project based approach.Students in the Mechanical, Electrical, and Industrial fields along with many others can learnmany new skills from multi-disciplinary projects such as the design and development of a 3Dprinter. Such projects show students how to use different types of technology, anddemonstrate how advanced technology can be used in an innovative application. Overall, manydifferent fields of engineering can benefit from this application, enabling the development ofskill and knowledge in many different engineering aspects and processes. This capstone designproject stimulates the students’ interest in real-world product realization. As manufacturinglaboratories are very expensive to develop, this project can also be adapted at otherinstitutions that have limited funding to improve manufacturing process and prototypingfacilities.

Ertekin, Y., & Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N., & Chiou, R., & Konstantinos, J. (2014, June), Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project to Develop a Teaching Tool: Dragon Conductive 3-D Printer Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20692

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