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Statement of Task
To determine the extent to which advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies are present in undergraduate engineering capstone design courses and explore ways to foster the integration of such technologies into capstone design courses, the NAE proposed to organize a workshop and conduct a consensus study.
An ad hoc committee determined the AM technologies most in demand by the defense industrial base and plan and conducted a workshop to highlight exemplary practices of their use in engineering capstone courses. The committee considered the workshop discussions, the existing literature base, and other relevant information to develop findings, strategic options, and recommendations. Read the final report
This activity incorporated a public workshop explored ways to foster integration of AM technologies in engineering curricula, especially in capstone courses. As noted, the study's emphasis was on AM techniques of interest to the defense industrial base.
The goals of the study:
(1) determine the AM techniques used by the defense industrial base;
(2) explore and explain the role of engineering design and capstone programs as a means of integrating AM technologies in the engineering curriculum;
(3) highlight, to the extent possible, exemplary engineering courses that incorporate AM technology;
(4) describe options and make recommendations for better integrating AM technologies in engineering capstone courses; and
(5) recommend research that would be useful to further the integration of AM technologies in the engineering curriculum.