ME 7227: Rapid Prototyping In Engineering

Offered Fall, Even Years


Credit Hours: 3-0-3
Prerequisites: ME 6222 and ME 6104
Catalog Description: Rapid prototyping technologies in engineering design. Physical principles, materials, materials processing. Laboratory demonstrations and project.
Textbooks: None
Instructors: David Rosen (ME)
Goals:

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • select the appropriate prototyping technology for a given design, analysis, or manufacturing situation,
  • understand the causes of geometric form errors and material property anomalies inherent in rapid prototyping technologies,
  • apply rapid prototyping technologies appropriately in a substantial engineering design-manufacture project,
  • operate 2-3 rapid prototyping machines.
Topics:
  • Prototyping requirements in engineering design
  • Physical principles of rapid prototyping technologies
    • Principles of SLA, FDM, LOM, SLS, concept modelers, Capabilities and limitations, Applications in product development
  • Selection of RP processes
    • Selection decision making, Characterizations of processes, Development of evaluation criteria
  • Role of prototyping in engineering design
    • Resource allocation for prototyping, Cycle time compression,
    • Separation of design and manufacturing (new design-for-manufacture paradigm)
  • Geometric error measurement
    • Basics of metrology, Computer-aided verification
  • Design Project
    • Applications in design (possibly focus on design of RP machines)
    • Applications in manufacturing
  • Laboratory
    • Training on each RP technology in RPMI (what to do and how to do it)
    • Accuracy and calibration experiments on SLA
    • RP process selection
    • Training on CMM
    • Design project
Delivery mode (%):

Lecture

40

Laboratory

  • Supervised
  • Unsupervised

 

30

20

Independent Study

10

Grading scheme (%):

Homework

40

Project

  • Proposal
  • Report
  • Presentation

30

5

20

5

Critical Evaluation

5

Role of Prototyping Essay

5

Laboratory Reports

20