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Original Quarter One Projects Utilizing Rapid Prototyping Machine

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



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Capstone/Design Projects: Mechanical ET

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10.978.1 - 10.978.8



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Bruce Feodoroff

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Original Quarter One Projects Utilizing Rapid Prototyping

Bruce A. Feodoroff New England Institute of Technology


This paper describes the success New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is experiencing in grabbing hold of the first quarter students’ creative energy and motivating them to succeed in Mechanical Engineering Technology. The introduction and use of a rapid prototype machine has significantly impacted not only the quality of the resulting original project models or prototypes but has greatly enhanced the learning experience for quarter one (freshmen) students. This has helped in sustaining the students’ interest in Mechanical Engineering Technology throughout the program.


New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college founded in 1940 that provides over 29 specialized associate and bachelor degree programs that prepare students for technical careers. Most associate degree programs can be completed in 18 months, and Bachelor of Science programs in 3 years. The academic year is divided into four (4) ten week quarters with a six week intersession period during June and July. NEIT’s open enrollment policy requires entering students to be assessed for skill in reading, writing and mathematics to determine their readiness to begin standard college work. NEIT offers technical programs that meet the career-oriented needs of students with emphasis placed on hands-on training.

Students at the associate in science level of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT) program concentrate on Product Design. They study the design of the products by learning design principles, sketching, problem solving, and how both engineering materials and manufacturing processes and machines are selected and scheduled. Design is emphasized utilizing the latest in computer drafting technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology focuses on product and process design, tool and machine design, and manufacturing methods, and technical problem solving.

MCT Quarter One Courses

During the first quarter, MCT students are enrolled in an introductory engineering course, (MCT112 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology), a design principles course (MCT113 Design Principles), and a computer aided design course (MCT115 CAD I).

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ♥ 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Feodoroff, B. (2005, June), Original Quarter One Projects Utilizing Rapid Prototyping Machine Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14589

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