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Lessons Learned from Remote Access 3-D Printing Machine for Manufacturing Education

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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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Manufacturing Division Technical Session 5

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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sheng-Jen (“Tony”) Hsieh is a Professor in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Remote labs are designed to overcome barriers such as equipment cost and limited lab time, and to provide authentic and self-paced learning experiences. The paper describes the development of a remote 3D printer and learning materials for manufacturing education. The equipment is being evaluated for a robot welding motion planning experiment, but can also be utilized for other manufacturing activities. The materials were evaluated by students during the lab time. Pre and post test results suggest a significant learning gain using the designed materials. Students, overall, have responded positively to the remote access tool. Suggestions include reducing the time delay and providing a better view of the position of the tool tip. Future directions include splitting the program into subroutines so that a sub-routine will be executed only when requested rather than loading the entire program at the beginning. We will also provide a better view of the 3D rendering model using multiple images from webcams positioned at different locations in the machine work envelope.

Hsieh, S. (2019, June), Lessons Learned from Remote Access 3-D Printing Machine for Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33061

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