Using rapid manufacturability analysis tools to enhance design-for-manufacturing training in engineering education

Roby Lynn, Kathryn Jablokow, Nithin Reddy, Christopher Saldana, Tommy Tucker, Timothy W. Simpson, Thomas Kurfess, Christopher Williams

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Abstract

Engineering students are often unaware of manufacturing challenges introduced during the design process. Students tend to design parts that are either very difficult or impossible to manufacture because they are unaware of the intricacies and limitations of the manufacturing processes available. Design for manufacturability (DFM) education must be improved to help address this issue. This work discusses a vision for the implementation of a rapid method for facilitating DFM education in terms of subtractive and additive manufacturing processes. The goal is to teach students about how their designs impact the ease and cost of manufacturing, in addition to giving them knowledge and confidence to move fluidly between additive and subtractive manufacturing mindsets. For subtractive manufacturing, this is accomplished through a highperformancecomputing accelerated and parallelized trajectory planning software package that enables students to visualize the subtractive manufacturability of the parts they design as rapidly as they get feedback when using additive manufacturing processes. Implementation of the subtractive manufacturability analysis tool in a sophomore-level design class is presented, along with the assessment of the students' conceptual manufacturing-related understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication18th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 13th International Conference on Design Education; 9th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791850138
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016 - Charlotte, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2016Aug 24 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume3

Other

OtherASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period8/21/168/24/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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    Lynn, R., Jablokow, K., Reddy, N., Saldana, C., Tucker, T., Simpson, T. W., Kurfess, T., & Williams, C. (2016). Using rapid manufacturability analysis tools to enhance design-for-manufacturing training in engineering education. In 18th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 13th International Conference on Design Education; 9th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 3). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2016-59295