Investigating the relationship between digital prototyping tool use and student designers' perceptions of design processes

Andrew Berlinm, Jacob Nelson, Jessica Menold

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Abstract

With the rise of the "maker"culture, the prevalence of affordable and rapid "maker"tools has increased dramatically, and the mass proliferation of 3D printers has become a staple of engineering design and engineering design education. The increased use of digital prototyping tools, such as Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies, is fundamentally transforming the way students and educators approach engineering design courses and hands-on projects. This work investigates the effect of AM prototyping efforts on student perceptions of design processes through an in-situ study conducted across two project-based design courses. Results suggest that students' perceptions of prototype value, time spent prototyping, and the development of designer knowledge is significantly affected due to AM use during prototyping activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Design Education (DEC)
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791883921
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 17 2020Aug 19 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume3

Conference

ConferenceASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC-CIE 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/17/208/19/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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