„What you can achieve with additive manufacturing – this is not possible with subtractive manufacturing. The ease of use of additive manufacturing accelerates the students’ ability to move from concept to workpiece. However, our task is to teach students both additive and subtractive manufacturing, as well as the strengths, weaknesses and the connection between the two technologies. I don’t want to brag, but we do this throughout the College of Engineering Architecture and Technology (CEAT) from the first semester onwards!”
At Oklahoma State University at the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), students have access to the ENDEAVOR facility. ENDEAVOR is a 72,000-foot facility with 12 laboratories, five MakerSpace sites and five design laboratories – as well as offices and other non-laboratory space. The facility is used by 1,500-2,000 students annually and hosts 38 courses from eight engineering departments.
The industrial equipment used to train future engineers in ENDEAVOR includes two Onyx Pros, two Mark Twos, an X7 and a Metal X. “Markforged came to our radar because of their onyx and continuous fiber reinforcement printers. “We were really interested,” says Dr. Brad Rowland, ENDEAVOR operations manager at Oklahoma State University.
Rowland explains that he hopes that Metal X will help to raise the status of OSU students compared to others. “The ability for students to print with metal would be a huge success for student design projects,” says Rowland.
Currently, students are using the composite printers for a variety of projects ranging from remote-controlled carts to specific unmanned aerial vehicle projects. “We already have two products developed by students in patent review. One of them will use the Markforged Mark Two printers in production,” says Rowland.
ENDEAVOR gives students the opportunity to go from idea to part in hand, often producing parts that cannot be made with conventional manufacturing – or parts that combine subtractive, additive and other techniques such as casting.