Fused filament fabrication in CAD education: A closed-loop approach

Totuk, Onat Halis, Selvi, Özgün orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4937-1489 and Akar, Samet (2023) Fused filament fabrication in CAD education: A closed-loop approach. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education . ISSN 0306-4190

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/03064190231215307


Integrating low-cost fused filament fabrication 3D printing as a foundation for learning 3D modelling is explored. This method blends traditional computer aided design (CAD) instruction with additive manufacturing possibilities. Experimental results demonstrate increased comprehension speed and reduced learning time. This hands-on approach empowers students by enabling direct engagement with the modelling process. Analogous to reverse engineering, the strategy instructs engineering students from final product to model creation, closing the gap between theory and practice. Incorporating 3D printing bridges this divide, enhancing understanding, creativity and problem-solving. The study underscores technology's influence on learning strategies, aligning with the surge of 3D printing in education. Results link advanced design technology usage to improved student performance, with 3D-printed materials yielding 45% higher grades and 30% faster task completion. This study advocates curricular advancement for design-focused careers through enhanced technology integration and favourable 3D printing model reception.

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