Integration of 3D-Printing into Construction Engineering Curriculum

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2019-01-01
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Boulter, Joel
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Honors Projects and Posters
University Honors Program

The Honors project is potentially the most valuable component of an Honors education. Typically Honors students choose to do their projects in their area of study, but some will pick a topic of interest unrelated to their major.

The Honors Program requires that the project be presented at a poster presentation event. Poster presentations are held each semester. Most students present during their senior year, but may do so earlier if their honors project has been completed.

This site presents project descriptions and selected posters for Honors projects completed since the Fall 2015 semester.

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Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
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The main purpose of this project was to integrate the use of 3D printing technology into Construction Engineering curriculum. Specifically, the project focused on developing coursework that could be used to introduce students to the process of 3D printing and how it could be applied to their field of study. Two courses, CE 170 and ConE 122, were identified as classes where implementing this coursework would be most appropriate. Within each of these courses, an assignment was created that gave students hands-on experience with the 3D printing process. Each assignment gave students the opportunity to design their own building model (using either AutoCAD or Revit software) which they could then print after completing the required procedures. In each class, the assignment was introduced in a presentation which taught students about 3D printing technology as well as how to use the software they would be using in their assignment. Students were then given time to complete their assignment using concepts they learned from the presentation. Overall, students were excited about the concept of 3D printing and many were able to successfully print their models. These assignments laid strong groundwork for more complete implementation of 3D printing in the future.

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