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Integrated Composites  

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In addition to our already broad offering of composite courses we’re introducing a new concept; Integrated Composites. In the Advance Composites DME course students learn the high detailed specifics about composite materials and their industrial usage. Applied Composites and Rigid Composite Structures show the typically intense fabrication involved in real composite products not often seen in class exercises. Integrated Composites continues this progression of real world implementation and innovation in the classroom by combining advanced composite materials, dissimilar co-cured materials, tooling and mold making, polymeric science, and lastly, literally embedded electronics and programmable control systems.

And as usual we have an exciting real world product to engage students and demonstrate the value of this technology. This also combines topics from our electronic / robotic courses making this an acceptable prerequisite for higher level courses such as Industrial UAV Systems.

Some of the key reasons to work with composite materials is that simply due to the malleable nature of the fabric, you can design and engineer to a much purer ideal rather than with traditional building materials. Why make a rib and a panel if you can just design a panel that warps the skin to create a built in rib? Then to continue the integration, if you need to monitor this structure for any impact, strain, or temperature variation as well as communication of these events, why not incorporate all these sensors and I/O devices right into the composite itself? While some elements may still need to be accessible, a great many devices such as strain gauges, flex sensors, and lighting can be permanently bonded within the structure for a much truer report of environmental conditions. This is the goal of this course.

Over the duration of the course, students fabricate all elements of the composite structure, from wood working to metal forming, as well as an overview on 3D design and CNC operation. As production continues, addressable lighting will be embedded into the product that they can program to act as a display or to be used in conjunction with various sensors to give feedback based on particular events. This can be for fun, safety, data collection, stress analysis, weather, speed, or anything you feel you might need to test.

Important – While the robotic/electronic elements of this class are introductory, students are expected to be engaged in the process and learn the steps needed to fabricate, solder and program the product themselves, which may even include outside class study. The staff will not complete this for you.

Main Topics:
  • Carbon fiber
  • Fiberglass
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Basic Electronics
  • Soldering
  • Microcontrollers
  • C/C++ Programming
  • Addressable LED controllers
  • Electronic Sensors
  • Polyurethane Mold making
  • Vacuum Bagging
  • Metal Forming
  • Durometer
  • Ply orientation
  • Co-Curing
  • Code Libraries
  • Open Source
  • Inches of Mercury
In Overview:
  • 3D Design
  • CNC Operation
  • Tool path creation
Tools Used:
  • Bandsaw
  • Hand Scrapers
  • Electric Drill Motors
  • Sandpaper
  • Die Grinder
  • Dremel Tools
  • Soldering Iron
  • Wire Cutters

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