June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Research has shown that project-based learning (PBL) is more engaging than traditional teaching methods. Deming’s plan-do-study (PDSA) can be used as means for delivering PBL effectively. In this paper, a senior course project will demonstrate how PDSA and design of experiment were used to both learn about a manufacturing process and how to improve it. Students used three manufacturing processes including 3D printing. As additive manufacturing in the form of 3-D printing is becoming more popular in research and development as well as in limited production, it still has many challenges when it comes to manufacturing at a large scale. These challenges include cost of making the product as well as speed of production. While these challenges are technology-based, studying current 3-D printing processes for improving quality and reducing cost can still be achieved. Students are asked to study the process and identify factors that impact quality and productivity with the objective of improving both. Utilizing the 3-D printing process with PDSA, this paper will attempt to answer the following questions: (1) Can this process be improved using the PDSA and designed experiments? and (2) Will students learn better using the PDSA and design of experiments?
Shraim, M. (2019, June), Using Design of Experiments and the PDSA to improve 3-D Printing in a Senior-Level Quality Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33500
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