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MAKER: 3-D Printing and Designing with Robot Chassis

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Tom Spendlove Baker College, Flint

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Tom Spendlove teaches engineering and manufacturing at Baker College of Flint in Flint, Michigan. He shifted to education after ten years of product design in the automotive field. Areas of interest and study are 3d printing, the design process, and engineering education.

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MAKER: 3D Printing and Designing with Robot Chassis

This paper discusses a 3D printing project that students will complete involving an electronics kit and an existing robotic chassis kit. Students will be given a chassis built on the laser cutter, an electronics kit and instructions to design a 3D printed shell that will meet design criteria. Students will use one of the CAD software available at the school (Creo, SolidWorks, NX, Autodesk products) or another software approved by the instructor. In the Spring 2016 the shell design criteria will dictate form elements, size constraints, material limits and require that students use the Makerbot 3D printers available at the school. Arduino boards will be used to drive the motors and students will be given design requirements for the chassis. Projects will be evaluated on adherence to design constraints, creativity, and speed of their vehicles.

Spendlove, T. (2016, June), MAKER: 3-D Printing and Designing with Robot Chassis Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25590

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