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Partnership Enhances Student Learning of Parts Management Technology



By connecting industry, CAD suppliers and student learning through PARTsolutions, Purdue students are more prepared for careers in design and manufacturing.

The Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University has partnered with CADENAS PARTsolutions to implement their Strategic Parts Management (SPM) software to expose students to industry-leading technology and real-world applications for careers in design engineering.

The PARTsolutions SPM platform is a parts management system that promotes part reuse and design efficiency. The platform enables students to search for parts data and CAD models for internal standard parts, industry standard parts and commercial parts from over 800 manufacturer catalogs.

With this technology in the classroom, students can find and reuse the components they need for their designs and take a hands-on approach to learning how to maximize product lifecycle management (PLM) systems.

"The goal of the partnership is fairly simple - expose students to the concept of CAD model libraries by providing them exposure to a best-in-class solution," said Nathan Hartman, Professor and Department Head of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University.

The partnership began 10 years ago when Hartman met Tim Thomas, CEO at CADENAS PARTsolutions, at a conference at Michigan Technological University. After several like-minded discussions, they were able to put CADENAS' SPM platform in place at Purdue.

"We are trying to make students aware of new technologies that will help them advance their careers when they enter the workforce," said Thomas. "Companies are looking to the future generation of engineers to bring knowledge and experience with new and innovative tools and systems. By equipping them with these skills, they will be able have a positive impact on engineering efficiency and design processes across the enterprise."

In the classroom, students use PLM integrations to CAD tools to leverage the SPM platform to quickly find parts based on geometry or part number, then instantly spec and insert parts into their native CAD designs.

"Practicing with this application gives students real-world experience and makes classes more engaging," said Amy Mueller, Assistant Professor at Purdue University who uses PARTsolutions in her classes and has included Thomas as a guest speaker.

"Tim makes students aware of the concept of our parts, their parts and standard parts, and PARTsolutions gets them to think about the kind of data products need to be useful in PLM," said Mueller.

With access to tools industries will someday adopt, students pursuing a bachelor's degree in virtual product integration or PLM certification are more prepared for future careers.

"What I see with this partnership is that we are aligning industry, CAD/PLM suppliers and universities. In doing so, we are training young engineers to join the industry with more knowledge and tools to propel the industry forward," said Thomas.

For more information contact:

CADENAS PARTsolutions

400 Techne Center Drive, Suite 301

Cincinnati, OH 45150

513-453-0453

info@partsolutions.com

https://partsolutions.com

 

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

401 North Grant Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907

765-494-4935

www.polytechnic.purdue.edu

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