New Approaches to the Application of Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering in Design Education

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Junk, Stefan; Matt, Rebecca
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany
Section: Education and teaching of design, product development, and innovation
Page(s): 105-114
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


In addition to traditional methods in product development, the increasing availability of two new technologies, namely additive manufacturing AM (e.g. 3D-printing) and reverse engineering RE by means of 3D-scanning, offer new opportunities in product development processes today. However, to date only very few approaches exist those include these new technologies systematically in the education of students in the field of product development. This paper explores several ways in which AM and RE can productively be used in education. New to this approach is, on the one hand, that the students assemble and install the 3Dprinters themselves, and on the other hand, that they are introduced to an approach that combines 3D-scanning followed by 3D-printing. In different case studies is demonstrated that students in design education are able to autonomously research and realize technical possibilities and limitations of these technologies, as well as economic parameters and constraints.

Keywords: Design education, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, 3D-Printing, 3D-Scanning


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