June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
The demand for highly skilled engineers in the global manufacturing industry continues to rise as technology grows ever more complex. The advent of networked computerized machines requires a level of technical competence that integrates theory and practical expertize. The industry expects its entry level graduates to have a thorough understanding of the basic manufacturing concepts and experience with handling common equipment and processes. This paradigm presents a challenge as university programs may lack modern equipment and curriculum space for laboratory credit hours. Virtual Reality (VR) can counter this impasse since it is relatively inexpensive and can be modified to meet the demands of an ever changing industry. Using VR, instructors can demonstrate manufacturing processes visually and also tutor students on how to handle the equipment in an industry setting. The Center for Aviation and Automotive Engineering Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES), in collaboration with Center for Workforce Development (CWD), at Clemson University has assembled an online repository of virtual reality based teaching supplements for instructors at technical colleges and universities for preparing students in the aviation, automotive and manufacturing engineering fields. To study the effectiveness of the prepared material, a pilot study was conducted at Clemson University in the manufacturing processes junior level course. The analysis shows that there was a significant increase in the student performance since the material was implemented. The instructor and teaching assistant stated that the students were more confident in handling equipment and understood the processes better. However, one concern is the student participation level as the materials are optional in the class.
Syed, Z. A., & Wang, T., & Frady, K. K., & Chalil Madathil, K., & Bertrand, J., & Hartley, R. S., & Wagner, J. R., & Gramopadhye, A. K. (2017, June), Use of Virtual Reality Tools in an Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29067
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