New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
3D printing is progressively impacting many areas of our society. While the general public is becoming increasingly aware of the possible applications of 3D printing and companies are looking to incorporate the technology, higher education technology dissemination is not happening at the same speed for all colleges. College students have access to these new technologies at different rates, creating a barrier between students and their access to these new technologies. For example, mechanical engineering students may only be allowed to use industrial 3D printers located within the college. In addition, these printers may only available to specific classes and during very limited schedule times. Even those students that have the opportunity to use the printers may be restricted to using them only one time and without room for printer mechanical breakdowns. Because waiting lines to reprint may be long, completion of prototype class projects by assigned deadlines may be late or not possible at all. (Name remove) is currently working on the design of a “3D Printer Open Lab Model”. This is the second year that this effort has been ongoing and several procedures have been developed based on the data collected from year one of the pilot. Currently, different systems of student 3D model submissions are continuously tested and data collected to decide which to implement for year three of the pilot. The goal is to create an optimal design for a campus-wide space where students will be able to work on 3D designs, projects and have the opportunity to supervise the printing of their own prototype. Based on previous student feedback, this optimal system will be able to supervise 3D printing at a distance using webcams through a website. In addition, students should be able to print their own design with standard or different plastic materials with specific attributes such as flexibility, transparency, electrical conductivity or any other material that is compatible with the printer. Of utmost importance, this design has to be able to be replicated across campus to different colleges to allow access to the entire student body. Results from year one and year two of the pilot will be extensively discussed in the results section.
Lugo Nevarez, H. E., & Pitcher, M. T., & Perez, O. A., & Gomez, H., & Espinoza, P. A., & Hemmitt, H., & Anaya, R. H. (2016, June), Work in Progress: Designing a University 3D Printer Open Lab 3D Model Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27219
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