Asee peer logo

Remote Laboratory Collaboration

Download Paper |


2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Distance and Web-Based Learning in ET: Remote and Virtual Laboratories

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count


Page Numbers

14.1020.1 - 14.1020.11



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Ismail Fidan Tennessee Tech University

visit author page

Ismail Fidan is a Professor of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology at Tennessee Tech University. His teaching and research interests are in the field of rapid prototyping, electronics manufacturing, CAD/CAM and engineering education.

visit author page


Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

visit author page

Faruk Yildiz is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology at Sam Houston State University. His teaching and research interests are in the field of potential alternative energy sources, CAD/CAM, electronics, and industrial technology education.

visit author page


Emre Bahadir Murray State University

visit author page

Emre Bahadir is a Lecturer at the Department
of Industrial and Engineering Technology of Murray
State University. His teaching and research interests are in the field of design and manufacturing.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Remote Laboratory Collaboration


This current NSF DUE Project titled --The development of a Remotely Accessible Rapid Prototyping Laboratory-- is promoting an awareness of rapid prototyping technology through the development of a remotely accessible rapid prototyping laboratory. This project is: (a) introducing cutting-edge rapid prototyping technology to four-year engineering and technology students, (b) increasing overall student diversity in engineering and technology education, (c) enhancing student learning in advanced manufacturing technologies, (d) modernizing laboratory facilities for a wide regional area, and (e) encouraging undergraduate student research projects. The evaluation plan is focusing on student learning and is also comparing the relative advantages of remote and traditional laboratories. Through this project, many more users are benefiting from state-of-the-art rapid prototyping technology, thereby better justifying the cost of purchasing and maintaining the overall facility. Currently, this lab has been used by three technology programs in TX, KY, and TN. The current practices made by schools and feedback received from the students with an IRB-approved survey instrument will be reported in this paper. This paper will provide new insights into the strengths and weaknesses of remote access environments for both the design/manufacturing technology and distance education communities.

Background and Participating Institutions

The Rapid Prototyping Laboratory was established in Fall 2003 and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) 0311586 grant and Tennessee Tech University (TTU) matching support. Since that time, many high school students and student(s) studying computer aided design/computer numerical control have practiced with this technology. In order to further extend a remote access capability to this current laboratory and let more engineering and technology students learn this technology via distance learning tools, a new NSF grant was awarded in Summer 20061. Since that time, the Remotely Accessible Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (RRPL) has been developed, implemented and disseminated2-3. Workshops for Pre-K16 (P16) teachers have been organized for the dissemination of Rapid Prototyping and this project. A project website and scheduling tool have also been developed and feedback from students and teachers were collected via online polls.

The RRPL access steps are summarized below: • An accessing interface to view the lab has been developed4. • A scheduling tool was implemented so that students can identify their part submission and delivery dates online5. • Prototyping process has been performed and teams observed the entire process using Zoom, Tilt, Pan, and Audio connections of the RRPL facilities as can be seen in Figure 1. • Produced parts were delivered using United States Postal Service-Express Delivery System. Tracking numbers were provided to all teams.

Fidan, I., & Yildiz, F., & Bahadir, E. (2009, June), Remote Laboratory Collaboration Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5094

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2009 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015