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NOT Reinventing the Wheel: Product Data Management (PDM) Software Utilized as a Feedback System for Students in an Introductory Engineering Graphics Course

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Engineering Design Graphics Division Technical Session 3

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Engineering Design Graphics

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David Torick Washington State University

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Mr. David Torick has been an Instructor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University since 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from Kettering University and his Master’s in Education from The Ohio State University in 1999. He also received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. David has experience as an engineer in the automotive industry, and most recently, before joining Washington State he was an application engineer for Hawk Ridge Systems, a SOLIDWORKS reseller. His research areas include engineering education focused on engineering graphics and design.

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Nandita Biswas Washington State University

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Dr. Nandita Biswas is a clinical Assistant Professor in the school of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at Washington State University, Pullman since 2014. Before joining MME, she taught undergraduate level classes as an instructor in the department of Mathematics at the same university for 3 years. She received her M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, Pullman in 2007 and Ph.D. degree from the same department and same university in 2013. Her research interest includes Material behavior under Impact loading, Design and fabrication of high strain rate testing facility, Engineering Education and Engineering Design

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This work in progress describes the application of a PDM solution to an introductory engineering graphics (IEG) course. PDM is one of many tools that our students will most likely encounter in their careers. Typical uses for PDM include; version control, common component libraries, templates, and design/documentation approval workflows. Nearly all industries and companies of any size have adopted PDM to decrease the cost of design. However, educational institutions have not widely implemented PDM into the education of our students. The PDM system we chose to implement is specifically designed for CAD, and thus has feedback systems that the students will encounter in the workforce. This feedback allows for efficient drawing markup and direct review and commenting on 3D data. Traditional virtual learning environments and course management systems are not designed for CAD feedback. The ability to effectively communicate feedback to students is incredibly time-consuming, if not impossible. Therefore, utilizing a PDM system to provide feedback to students should increase their learning and also expose them to a tool used in industry. Bringing new technology into the classroom is always difficult; we all face limited resources such as time and funding. In an attempt to decrease the resource requirements of implementation: our process of implementing a PDM solution in our IEG course will be shared. Particular attention on hardware requirements and selection, PDM setup and installation, training for instructional staff, and implementation lessons learned will be communicated.

Torick, D., & Biswas, N. (2020, June), NOT Reinventing the Wheel: Product Data Management (PDM) Software Utilized as a Feedback System for Students in an Introductory Engineering Graphics Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34998

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