Morgantown, West Virginia
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 20, 2020
This paper reports on collaborative engineering projects involving undergraduate engineering students. The focus of the paper is on an undergraduate freshman-level mechanical engineering graphics course whereby the students had the task of designing and modeling a 3-D printer constructed of standard purchased and fabricated components. The goal of the project was to design a 3-D printer with a total cost of under $130. The graphics class was organized into various engineering groups with specific design functions assigned to each group. The project was led by a Chief Engineer whose task was to perform design reviews and keep the entire group on schedule. The graphics class worked closely with a student led Robotic Development Group, the Computer and Information Science Department (CIS) and the Electrical Engineering Department (EE). Ultimately more than fifty local high school students were able to build a low-cost 3-D printer as part of the student-led group summer STEM program. The design project was extremely valuable in teaching the importance of collaboration with multiple departments, project organization and timing as well as tolerancing, manufacturing techniques, fits and producing detailed engineering drawings. Finally, the design project also supported the ABET criterion 3.k for Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering which state that students have “an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice”. The projects are also useful in fostering life-long learning (ABET criterion 3.i.).
Michael, R., & Piovesan, D., & Gee, D. (2020, March), Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects that Involve Inter-Departmental Collaboration Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/35751
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