ORU Students Participate in Additive Manufacturing Challenge
ORU Students Participate in Additive Manufacturing Challenge in Montreal
Every spring semester, Dr. Matsson, chair of the Engineering department, teaches a course titled Principles of Design. Part of the course requires participation in a competition sponsored by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
This year’s competition was the Innovative Additive Manufacturing (IAM3D) Challenge. The premise of the project was to utilize 3D design experience to build and print a model of a new product or improve upon a preexisting product. Since additive manufacturing has become the hype and focus in the world of technology and engineering, submissions this year were especially competitive. Purdue University printed a scaled down model of a UAV (unmanned air vehicle). The 3D printed aircraft had a remarkable eight-foot wingspan with internal and external features to enhance its overall structure and in-flight aerodynamic properties. Another group of students from Gujarat Technological University in India presented a low cost viscometer (at left) with reduced weight and higher strength in comparison to conventional viscometers.
For the environmental science fans, South Dakota State University showcased their 3D printed windmill (lower right), which although scaled down, deemed to be effective during the demonstration.
The IAM3D Competition had two rounds. The first round involved the students’ submitting CAD models of the design itself along with a written proposal or business case. This was where the classwork came in. During the spring 2014 semester, the class was divided into groups. Each group submitted a project, and by mid-summer a group from ORU was selected to enter the final round. Daniel Dickie, Daniel Rykert, and Aaron Olsson packed their bags for Montreal, Canada. In just a few weeks they would travel to Palais des congrès de Montréal – for those who don’t speak French, basically the convention center of the town. They submitted a 3D printed water bottle with internal threads designed to interface a gravity-fed filter (below left). The business case was to print the bottles for third world countries in Burkina Faso, Africa – one of the poorest countries in the world that suffers from shortages of clean drinking water.
Out of the many teams that submitted their projects, thirty were selected to participate in the final round – Oral Roberts University included. Though ORU’s team did not win in the end, there was still the opportunity to interact with students from universities around the country and even the world. Moreover, professors from various colleges mixed with the students to exchange information with them for future collaboration efforts.
“Wait a minute…” you might ask, “So you’re saying that if I’m working on my engineering degree at ORU, then I’ll be able to travel the world and participate in design projects?” With godly fervor and the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, Oral Roberts, the founder of our university, once said, “Make no little plans here.” So to be frank, the answer to your question is a definite YES. And these types of projects are not just available to mechanical engineers. IEEE sponsors competitions for electrical and computer engineering majors each year. Depending on which event you want to be a part of, the possibilities are endless.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact Dr. Matsson, the chair of the Engineering Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org