Title: Development of cooperative education and basic engineering education: aided by 3D CAD and 3D RP modelling

Authors: Tsutomu Araki; Shigeo Hirano

Addresses: Department of Industrial Information, Tsukuba University of Technology, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture 305-8025, Japan ' Department of Industrial Information, Tsukuba University of Technology, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture 305-8025, Japan

Abstract: In our education of hearing-impaired students there is an emphasis on mechanical design and drawing, as drawing is a method of communication for engineers. They are expected to communicate by drawings, even though they are hearing impaired. 3D modelling is very effective as a teaching method: 1) for the development of teaching materials that can be understood by showing, in addition to the description in words; 2) for creating a model with a similar shape through the use of drawings and mechanical design drafting exercises; 3) for use as modelling materials that can be evaluated, with their own sophisticated design and through the students' own experiences; 4) for use of international and domestic cooperative education; 5) as a new addition in photoelastic stress test pieces. This paper reports on the recent status of University Drafting and Design Education using 3D CAD and 3D RP modelling.

Keywords: 3D CAD; 3D modelling; rapid prototyping; 3D printing; engineering education; cooperative education; photoelastic stress test pieces; hearing-impaired students; drawings; mechanical design; hearing impairment; design education; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2015.068403

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2015 Vol.51 No.1, pp.80 - 85

Published online: 01 Apr 2015 *

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