Design and Assessment of an AM Vending Machine for Student Use

dc.creatorMeisel, Nicholas A.
dc.creatorWilliams, Christopher B.
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-12T19:01:48Z
dc.date.available2021-10-12T19:01:48Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description.abstractDue to prohibitive costs, access to Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies at academic institutions tends to be limited to upper-level courses that feature significant project-based coursework, such as capstone design. However, with the decreasing cost of desktop-scale AM technology, there is potential to improve student access to such technologies throughout a student’s undergraduate career, and thus provide more opportunities for AM education. In this poster, the authors present the design and implementation of an AM “vending machine” that is powered by desktop-scale extrusion-based AM systems. The resulting machine allows for unrestricted student use of AM equipment, and thus provides ample opportunity for informal learning regarding AM. The results of a formal assessment of student use of the machine are presented.en_US
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/88722
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/15656
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2013 International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposiumen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subject3D printingen_US
dc.subjectmaterial extrusionen_US
dc.subjectvending machineen_US
dc.subjectinformal learningen_US
dc.titleDesign and Assessment of an AM Vending Machine for Student Useen_US
dc.typeConference paperen_US

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