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Open-Ended Design Projects in a Rapid Prototyping Course

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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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Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Design Projects

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Arif Sirinterlikci Robert Morris University Orcid 16x16

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Arif Sirinterlikci is a University Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department Head of Engineering at Robert Morris University. He holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and his Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has been actively involved in ASEE and SME organizations and conducted research in Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering, Biomedical Device Design and Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and CAE in Manufacturing Processes fields.

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In this manufacturing engineering program its rapid prototyping and reverse engineering course has become even more popular due to public interest and hype driven by, both the Maker and Rep-Rap movements. The course has been taught over the years with the challenge of constant update needs to its content. In addition to the major subject updates to the content, the instructor is employing preparation of short papers on newest developments while channeling students to conduct research, in case they are not actively following the area. Interesting projects and content are found and shared with the class.

Over the years, the course has had two small projects, one addressing the reverse engineering side and other for rapid prototyping. Usually the student teams work on reverse engineering a simple toy, and the rapid prototyping projects aim assisting handicapped people with improving quality of life or gaining employment. Designing toys was also employed in corporation with the Infinitoy Company. In the past, student teams developed ZOOB concept designs and prototyped them for the company. To give students an opportunity for being creative, the construction toy project was brought back. This paper will focus on the open-ended construction toy design project by documenting every step of it. Various assessment processes including outcomes assessment will be included in the conclusion of the paper.

Sirinterlikci, A. (2016, June), Open-Ended Design Projects in a Rapid Prototyping Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25834

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