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Rapid Prototyping And Design: Partnerships Between Business And Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Multimedia and Product Design

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7.965.1 - 7.965.11



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Gary Frey

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Rapid Prototyping and Design: Partnerships between Business and Education

Gary Frey, David Baird, Ted Loso, Raj Desai, Craig Downing

Southeast Missouri State University


This presentation examines the value of industry/Education cooperation in regard to improving product development and sales as well as examining it’s effect on student scores, skills, and self esteem. Additionally, the success of the resulting products in the marketplace is examined. The cost of product development has caused a need for accessible and economical design and prototyping of parts and assemblies Both small business and privately generated product ideas are turned over to Engineering Technology and Technical Graphics students for design, drawing, and prototyping.

Beneficial and detrimental factors to industrial and educational cooperation are discussed. Significant increases in standardized test scores and design skills were noted in some cases after the cooperative development of these designs and prototypes. Various uses for product design and prototyping partnerships in education and industry are examined and their benefits to students, educators, administrators, and industry are examined. Individual case studies are examined with the following general results: · Successful economic products are rare. · Problem solving and technical skill increases in students result from these ventures. · That the Engineering Technology and Technical Graphics student’s ability to solve design problems and enthusiasm improve as student’s progress through their class work with further increases after the cooperative ventures. · An educational and industrial consortium improves student chances for employment and interaction with industry. · Recruitment and retention benefits may result from the publicizing of these efforts. · Educational / Industrial cooperation benefits both groups and help defray the costs of acquisition of advanced technology and getting products to market. While the time constraints placed on both the students and the instructors is a problem, the benefits are great enough to make this cooperation worthwhile Cooperative ventures of this kind result in more ideas going into production, increase student learning, and help small-scale production facilities and private individuals increase their profitability.


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Frey, G. (2002, June), Rapid Prototyping And Design: Partnerships Between Business And Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11109

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