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Virtual or Physical Prototypes? Development and Testing of a Prototyping Planning Tool

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Realization

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

24.1361.1 - 24.1361.16

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https://peer.asee.org/23294

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70

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Christopher Lewis Hamon The University of Texas, Austin

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Matthew G. Green LeTourneau University

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Dr. Matthew G. Green is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at LeTourneau University, Longview. His objective is to practice and promote engineering as a serving profession. His focus includes remote power generation, design methods for frontier environments, enhanced engineering learning, and assistive devices for persons with disabilities.

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Brock Dunlap University of Texas, Austin

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Brock is a second-year master's student at the University of Texas, Austin. His work focuses on prototype strategy development. He is also involved in active-learning module development for engineering students.

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Bradley Adam Camburn University of Texas, Austin

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Richard H. Crawford University of Texas, Austin

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Dr. Richard H. Crawford is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin and is the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow No. 3. He is also director of the Design Projects program in mechanical engineering. He received his BSME from Louisiana State University, and his MSME and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He teaches mechanical engineering design and geometry modeling for design. Dr. Crawford’s research interests span topics in computer-aided mechanical design and design theory and methodology. Dr. Crawford is co-founder of the DTEACh program, a ”Design Technology” program for K-12, and is active on the faculty of the UTeachEngineering program that seeks to educate teachers of high school engineering.

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Daniel D. Jensen U.S. Air Force Academy

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Dr.. Dan Jensen is currently a professor of engineering mechanics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering, M.S. in engineering mechanics, and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked as a practicing engineer for Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and MSC Software Corp., as well as various consulting and expert witness positions. He also held a faculty position at University of the Pacific and is an adjunct faculty member at University of Texas, Austin. He has received numerous professional awards, including a NASA postdoctoral fellowship, ASEE Best Paper awards, the ASME Most Innovative Curriculum Award, the Ernest L. Boyer - International Award for Excellence in Teaching, the U.S. Air Force Academy Seiler Award for Excellence in Engineering Research, and the Outstanding Academy Educator Award. He has published over 100 technical articles and generated approximately $3.5 million of research, all at institutions with no graduate program. His research includes development of innovative design methodologies and enhancement of engineering education. The design methodology research focuses on development and testing of strategies to enhance effectiveness of prototyping, improve design flexibility, and advance reverse engineering and redesign processes. The educational research focuses on development and assessment of active learning (particularly hands-on) approaches to enhance education in engineering.

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Abstract

Virtual or Physical Prototypes? Development and Testing of a Prototyping Planning ToolA new prototyping planning tool guides designers in choosing virtual vs. physical prototypingstrategies based on answers to likert-scale questions. We developed this tool to augment priorwork in design methods to facilitate prototyping strategy development. We will test the new toolwith engineering students individually tasked with optimization design of a four-bar linkage.Some students will be directed to use physical prototyping with provided materials, others willbe directed to use virtual prototyping with provided software, and a third group will use the newprototyping planning tool to decide which approach to use. The paper will describe the planningtool, detail the experiment run, and discuss results.

Hamon, C. L., & Green, M. G., & Dunlap, B., & Camburn, B. A., & Crawford, R. H., & Jensen, D. D. (2014, June), Virtual or Physical Prototypes? Development and Testing of a Prototyping Planning Tool Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23294

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