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Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project to Develop a Teaching Tool: Mini CNC Mill

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Capstone Manufacturing and Design

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23.802.1 - 23.802.16



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Yalcin Ertekin Drexel University (Engineering Technology)

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng.)

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Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project to Develop a Teaching Tool: Mini CNC MillAbstractThe desired current set of skills required of modern engineers and technologists has beensteadily expanding. In addition to familiarity with manual machining and fabricationtechniques, mastering CAD/CAM, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and automationmethods are increasingly becoming essential tools in the design, prototyping andmanufacturing of complex systems. In this paper, an inter-disciplinary design projecttowards the development of a mini CNC milling machine is presented. Since purchasingand installing traditional CNC equipment is not an option for every campus of DrexelUniversity or similar engineering schools, an alternative solution to providing hands onexperience with CNC equipment is desirable. A CNC machine with a desktop form factorwhich would be easily transported between campuses would eliminate the need formultiple traditional CNC machines and would improve the quality of the MET316-CNCcourse by providing more hands-on lab experiences. The desktop CNC machine whichwas developed by student design team fits on a standard desktop or table, would interfacewith commonly available CNC / Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software,would be powered by a standard AC outlet, would be easy to use and robust enough foreducational use, and would not be cost prohibitive. Students in the Mechanical,Electrical, and Industrial fields along with many others can learn many new skills frommulti-disciplinary projects such as the design and development of a desktop CNC mill.Such projects show students how to use different types of technology, and demonstratehow advanced technology can be used in an actual application. This project teachesfuture engineers and technologists various advanced skills that can be used in theircareers. Overall, many different fields of engineering can benefit from this application,enabling the development of skill and knowledge in many different engineering aspectsand processes. As this capstone design project provides opportunities for students todesign & manufacture, it stimulates the students’ interest in real-world productrealization. As manufacturing laboratories are very expensive to develop, this project canalso be adapted at other institutions that have limited manufacturing process facilities.

Ertekin, Y., & Chiou, R. (2013, June), Interdisciplinary Senior Design Project to Develop a Teaching Tool: Mini CNC Mill Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19816

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