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Learning Design Through Student-Generated Learning Aids

[+] Author Affiliations
David C. Jensen, Dennis Beck

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Paper No. DETC2015-46617, pp. V003T04A009; 8 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 17th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 12th International Conference on Design Education; 8th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5710-6
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


In this work we present the results of hands-on design experience implemented in an undergraduate mechanical engineering design course. This work is motivated by the need to provide students with more design-decision making experience to enable them to be ready to engineer upon graduation. Students were guided through the process of designing learning aid prototypes to be used in general engineering education. Three significant results of this work are that: 1) 3D printing was a critical technology for enabling authentic learning environments; 2) Student’s grasp of fundamentals is improved through construction of learning aids compared to their typical classroom use; and 3) Setting limits on resources and client’s time are necessary but require flexibility to enable “learning through failures.” Overall this work demonstrates a structured approach to using additive manufacturing as integrated technology in engineering education.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Design , Students



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