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Simulation for Manufacturing and Prototyping with a Learning Environment (SiMPLE)

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SRI International Menlo Park United States

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This final report details the Simulation for Manufacturing and Prototyping with a Learning Environment SiMPLE project July, 2014 September, 2016. The overall goal of MENTOR2 is to improve defense readiness by giving students and deployed personnel tools to troubleshoot, repair, and adapt complex electromechanical systems. The SiMPLE team was tasked with developing simulation and analysis software, along with exemplary online courses and kits. The team developed a progressive series of interactive online courses that cover several design tasks that require students to approach problems by using multiple representations embedded in the system. These representations include full 3D simulation, schematic views, graph views, and the construction of a physical system. Findings from a pilot study with Navy and university personnel revealed a high degree of engagement and collaboration among participants, who successfully completed the coursework and met the design challenges. The SiMPLE program has enabled the use of complex simulation tools by people without a technical background, allowing them to potentially engage in design processes and decisions in the field.

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Technical Report,05 Jun 2014,04 Sep 2016



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