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Title: Multi-Institutional Collaboration in Additive Manufacturing
During the Fall 2018 semester, two community colleges and one university shared their design and additive manufacturing (AM) facilities and capabilities. While student teams learn the depth of technical drafting in one community college’s design course, the other two institutions have opened the doors of their AM labs so that students can solidify the knowledge they acquire which is largely limited to the computer screen in their design course. As the design files are received by the AM labs of the other two institutions, the files are evaluated for AM related issues and modifications are suggested. Following any revisions, the AM labs begin production of the files, both in single version and batch production for potential, larger volume applications while demonstrating to the students and stakeholders the versatility and cloud manufacturing capabilities that AM has to offer on a variety of levels, as well as helping to improve the student’s design competencies that are necessary for AM. This current paper will report the nature of the current AM coalition and share a sample student project designed and produced during the Fall 2018 semester. The feedback received from the students will also be shared.  more » « less
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