RE: A survey about teaching RPM for college students

From: Mark Henderson (
Date: Sun May 31 1998 - 09:53:36 EEST


I began teaching a 3 credit course in RP this past spring on the web. I
let you into the website because the university requires tuition to
take the course, but I
have attached an html page of the purpose. I use the book by Chua and Leong
of Singapore (Wiley) entitled Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications
in Manufacturing. I would give this course about a 5 out of 10 this first
but it will improve in the future. (I was trying to put my first course on
the web and develop the RP course for the first time simultaneously. I
don't recommend that.) Next time we will include diverse applications
such as those in our PRISM effort ( and of course
some hands on activities in both geometry and process. In fact, one result
this semester was a piece of student-developed software to automatically
repair some types of STL errors and display the object, errors and fixes
in 3-D.

However, I think one of the most exciting uses of RP in the curriculum is
to include minisegments such as the one you describe in lots of courses,
especially design and mfg. We are collaborating with University of Leeds
this next year on a joint design course for non-collocated teams (one in
and one in the UK) jointly sponsored by Boeing and Rolls-Royce
and will hopefully use RP as a portion of this experience.

Please let me know the results of your survey. Maybe a common discussion
for RP course authors/providers would be a good result.

Mark Henderson
Professor of Industrial and Mgmt Sys. Engineering
Co-Director, Partnership for Research in Stereo Modeling (PRISM)
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-5906
Phone: 602 965 2899
Fax: 602 965 8692

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of
> Jack Feng
> Sent: Friday, May 29, 1998 6:44 AM
> To:
> Subject: A survey about teaching RPM for college students
> Hi, Friends and Colleagues,
> In the past, I spent about 11-12 hours in teaching the undergraduate
> students the rapid ptototyping and rapid tooling process in two of my
> manufacturing courses. This is based opon their existing knowledge of CAD,
> various manufacturing materials and processes. While planning to teach a
> whole course on rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing, I am asking
> you for your generous help and input on how you teach/taught the
> RPM course
> in your institution or for another institution if you are not a full time
> college faculty. If you care not to make the mailing list too busy, you
> could choose to reply to me individually. In return, I promise you that
> your input will be reflected in my survey report to the list so
> as to share
> with the RP community represented by this list.
> Typical questions are as follows.
> 1. Text book(s) and instructor
> 2. Number of hours of the course and the allocation of your hours (such as
> in solid modeling, materials, RP building process, tooling process and
> applications including sand casting, injection molding,
> investment casting,
> ...)
> 3. The course format (lectures, labs, discussions, projects, seminars,
> distance education through internet, condensed TV or Pictel, ...)
> 4. The audience (junior, senior, graduate, ...)
> 5. The program (mechanical engineering/engineering technology, industrial
> or manufacturing engineering/engineering technology, materials
> science/engineering, ...)
> 6. Is this a required course or elective? Average class sizes
> 7. Do you have any machines? What are they? The number of hours spent with
> the machine for experiments, projects, lab demonstration.
> 8. Do you use any of the close service bureau or industry for
> field trip or
> labs?
> 9. Your experiences and/or lessons.
> 10. What do you want to bring to the attention to any other new
> instructors
> who are planning to offer a similar course?
> 11. Any other related topics
> Your cooperation is kindly appreciated.
> Thank you for your attention.
> Jack Feng
> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
> Chang-Xue (Jack) Feng, PhD
> Assistant Professor, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering
> Director, The Hintz Manufacturing Technology Laboratory
> Berks-Lehigh Valley College
> Penn State University
> Reading, PA 19610-6009
> Voice Mail: 610/396-6175 Fax: 610/610-6024
> E-mail:
> URL:
> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
> New communications after June 13, 1998:
> Dr. C. -X. (Jack) Feng
> Associate Professor
> Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
> 102 Morgan Hall
> Bradley University
> Peoria, IL 61625
> Phone: 309/677-2986
> Dept. web site:
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