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Proceedings of CAD'15, 2015, 508-512
From Thought to Thing: Using the Fused Deposition Modeling and 3D Printing Processes for Undergraduate Design Projects

J. Urbanic, University of Windsor

Abstract. Undergraduate engineering education balances engaging the students with mathematics, natural sciences, engineering science, engineering design, and complementary studies elements. ‘Engineering design’ integrates these core categories in order to develop products, processes and systems that target the functional requirements while considering  realistic constraints – such as the economics, health, safety, environmental impact, and so forth. The students should be exposed to understanding the problem, the iterative nature of design, and creative problem solving in a variety of topics related to their discipline. Preparing graduates for engineering practice in industry is a principle objective.  Towards this goal, educators are switching to outcome based assessment to demonstrate that students have learned the required skills and knowledge. This approach complements the CDIO curriculum (Conceiving – Designing – Implementing – Operating) model for developing systems and products. Team based projects focus on design-build-test tasks, integrating theoretical problem solving with practical issues actively.

Keywords. Fused deposition modeling, 3D printing, Functional prototypes, Design process, Practicum

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2015.508-512