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Rapid Manufacturing In Biomedical Materials: Using Subtractive Rapid Prototyping For Bone Replacement, Matthew C. Frank, Christopher V. Hunt, Donald D. Anderson, Todd O. Mckinley, Thomas D. Brown Aug 2008

Rapid Manufacturing In Biomedical Materials: Using Subtractive Rapid Prototyping For Bone Replacement, Matthew C. Frank, Christopher V. Hunt, Donald D. Anderson, Todd O. Mckinley, Thomas D. Brown

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This paper presents methods for the rapid manufacturing of replacement bone fragments using a Subtractive Rapid Prototyping process called CNC-RP. The geometry of segmental defects in bone, resulting from traumatic injury or cancerous tumor resection, can be reverse-engineered working from medical images (such as CT scans), and then accurate defect fillers can be automatically generated in advanced synthetic biomaterials and other bioactive/biocompatible materials. The research provides evidence that suitable bone geometries can be created using subtractive RP from a variety of materials including Trabecular Metal® (porous tantalum), polymers, ceramics, and actual bone allografts. The research has implications in the ...


Integrating Communication And Engineering Skills In An Industrial Engineering Curriculum Based On Outcome Assessment Results, Leslie A. Potter, John K. Jackman, K. Jo Min, Matt Search Jan 2008

Integrating Communication And Engineering Skills In An Industrial Engineering Curriculum Based On Outcome Assessment Results, Leslie A. Potter, John K. Jackman, K. Jo Min, Matt Search

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To bridge the gap between technical and communication skills of industrial engineering students at Iowa State University, faculty have focused assessment-driven continuous improvement in the curriculum on the integration of communication and engineering skills. Written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills are addressed through the core communication process (Analysis, Formulation, Creation, Delivery, and Assessment): the focus of a new engineering communications course. This paper describes the creation of this course, including the impetus for inception, course content, structure, and outcome-based learning activities. Student growth and survey results are examined. Long term impact expectations and assessment plans are described.


Developing Students’ Understanding Of Global Issues Through Lean Manufacturing, Frank E. Peters, Leslie Potter, Kyung J. Min Jan 2008

Developing Students’ Understanding Of Global Issues Through Lean Manufacturing, Frank E. Peters, Leslie Potter, Kyung J. Min

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While traditional international exchange programs provide valuable experience for engineering students, they are neither within reach nor practical for all students. An innovative course was developed and executed Spring 2007 to provide engineering students with an intense international experience. This course is aimed at strengthening ABET outcome item (h) [the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context]. Additionally, the course provides students the opportunity to practice contemporary, industry-relevant skills by exploring lean manufacturing, including tools, philosophies, and current literature. In the first offering of the course, fifteen students participated ...