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Cloud-Based Collaborative 3D Modeling to Train Engineers for the Industry 4.0

Engineering Graphic Area, Universidad de La Laguna, Avenida Ánguel Guimerá Jorge s/n, 38204 La Laguna, Spain
Department of education, University of Almería, 04120 La Cañada, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(21), 4559;
Received: 4 October 2019 / Revised: 23 October 2019 / Accepted: 25 October 2019 / Published: 27 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Industry 4.0 Technologies and Applications)
In the present study, Autodesk Fusion 360 software (which includes the A360 environment) is used to train engineering students for the demands of the industry 4.0. Fusion 360 is a tool that unifies product lifecycle management (PLM) applications and 3D-modeling software (PDLM—product design and life management). The main objective of the research is to deepen the students’ perception of the use of a PDLM application and its dependence on three categorical variables: PLM previous knowledge, individual practices and collaborative engineering perception. Therefore, a collaborative graphic simulation of an engineering project is proposed in the engineering graphics subject at the University of La Laguna with 65 engineering undergraduate students. A scale to measure the perception of the use of PDLM is designed, applied and validated. Subsequently, descriptive analyses, contingency graphical analyses and non-parametric analysis of variance are performed. The results indicate a high overall reception of this type of experience and that it helps them understand how professionals work in collaborative environments. It is concluded that it is possible to respond to the demand of the industry needs in future engineers through training programs of collaborative 3D modeling environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaborative learning; engineering graphics; PLM; 3D modeling; engineering education collaborative learning; engineering graphics; PLM; 3D modeling; engineering education
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Saorín, J.L.; de la Torre-Cantero, J.; Melián Díaz, D.; López-Chao, V. Cloud-Based Collaborative 3D Modeling to Train Engineers for the Industry 4.0. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 4559.

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