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MAKER: Applying 3D Printing to Model Rocketry to Enhance Learning in Undergraduate Engineering Design ProjectsThis poster will present several innovative applications of 3D printing to model rocketry, whichwere used to enhance design and experiential learning in two undergraduate engineering designprojects.In a first-year seminar called “This Is Rocket Science”, we introduce students to the spacesystems engineering process for rockets, balloons, and satellites. The students use a simplifiedversion of this process to design and build model rocket to meet a mission goal defined by thefaculty. In the Fall 2014 semester, the student teams were tasked with developing a camerapayload that could be used to take pictures and to mount the camera in a section that is 3Dprinted. Meeting the mission goals while building and safely flying a stable model rocket aregoals for this project. The inclusion of 3D printing allows the students to iterate quickly on theirdesigns, see what works and does not, and to then make needed changes.A second course is a senior-level advanced computer aided design course. Offered as a projectoption, CAD, engineering analysis, integration of stock components, preparation of shop prints,fused deposition based 3D printing, and model rocket science are packaged into a design contest.The students integrate CAD and related software-based analysis tools to reportmanufacturability, flight stability, drag, and design aesthetics. Safe designs are printed andflown as a class event. The contest winner is chosen based on a 900 point scoring rubric(http://www.printedrockets.com/rubric.html).This poster example will include example printed rockets and rocket sections designed and builtby the students.
Bilen, S. G., & Wheeler, T. F., & Bock, R. G. (2015, June), MAKER: Applying 3D Printing to Model Rocketry to Enhance Learning in Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24448
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