Work in Progress: Development of educational kit for teaching additive manufacturing

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Valjak, Filip; Kapetanović, Ana; Taradi, Ivona; Bojčetić, Nenad
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 3909-3918
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Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a unique manufacturing technology that is being rapidly accepted in various industries, leading to increased demand for experts who know to work with AM and how to design AM products. This led to a broader adaptation of AM in an educational context with various research on how to teach AM. However, most approaches are focused on teaching advanced AM application and Design for AM (DfAM), including both restrictive and opportunistic approaches, with little attention to specialised educational tools to show and teach the basic principle, possibilities and characteristics of AM. This paper presents the development of an Educational Kit for AM to address the gap and help teachers to explain the basics of AM, with a current focus on the material extrusion process. The Educational Kit is made of 17 models and accompanied cards explaining the essential characteristics of AM through short textual explanations, graphics, examples and manufacturing data. The Educational Kit for AM is intended to be used in introductory lessons on AM, so the novices in AM can quickly grasp the characteristics of AM and the basic terms used in AM before advancing to other AM and DfAM topics.

Keywords: Design education, Education, Additive Manufacturing, Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)

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