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Published in 31st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, 2001. Volume 3, pp. S2E - 11-16; doi: 10.1109/FIE.2001.964029 Copyright 2001 IEEE. Used by permission.


According to a recent trend, two different labs - the Machine Design lab, and Kinematics, and Dynamics lab are combined into one integrated lab. The time students spend on their projects is halved. To save the quality of undergraduate education, an ew methodology has to be developed. The paper explains the methodology developed by the author while teaching the integrated Kinematics, Dynamics, and Machine Design Lab (MECH 488) at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The objective of the aforementioned lab is to teach the students, who have no design experience, how to select proper tools (firom kinematics, dynamics, and machine design), and how to apply these tools in designing reliable and machinable parts. In this lab, the students actually make the parts using a rapid prototyping machine