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Machine Design Experience in a Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Robotics and Automation II

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Engineering Technology

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23.880.1 - 23.880.13



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Guanghsu A. Chang Western Carolina University

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Dr. Guanghsu A. Chang is currently an associate professor of the Engineering and Technology Department at Western Carolina University. He has spent the last 21 years in teaching industrial and manufacturing engineering program. His research interests involve the study of robotic applications, manufacturing automation, Design for Assembly (DFA), and Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) applications. He was a vice president of Southern Minnesota APICS (2009-2012). He holds both MSIE, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Machine Design Experience in a Manufacturing Engineering Technology ProgramThere has been increasing interest in developing automated machines and 3-axis robots in ourmanufacturing automation course at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Inspection of ourcurriculum indicates that over 21 credit hours in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology(MET) program involve engineering design components. The program offers seven design-related courses. These courses are: Computer Aided Design, Product development and Design,Advanced Computer Aided Design, Junior Design Project, Manufacturing Automation, SeniorDesign Project I and II. Manufacturing Automation is one of required courses required METstudents use their knowledge and skills of 3-D modeling and machining gained in the advancedCAD and product development and design courses to build their automated machines. This paperemphasizes on the development of machine design and system integration. With the knowledgeand skills from different design courses, MET students work in teams and build their machinebased on manufacturing requirements and realistic constraints such as safety, cost, lab time,materials and processes selection, functionality and reliability. Finally, the projects are gradedaccording to creativity, solution of the problem, quality of design … and peer presentationevaluation. Our results indicate that machine design experience provides our students a betterlearning environment and also excel four MET program outcomes.

Chang, G. A. (2013, June), Machine Design Experience in a Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22265

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