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SBIR PHASE I: Manufacturing Workforce - Novice to Expert - Training Program

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
74824
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0512323
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
3dh Corporation
5555 Oakbrook Parkway Norcross, GA 30093
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: SBIR PHASE I: Manufacturing Workforce - Novice to Expert - Training Program
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0512323
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is designed to produce a prototype manufacturing workforce training curriculum, enhanced software programs, and methodology that specifically address Composite Design and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), including more effective use of Catia V5 (an integrated suite of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) applications for digital product definition and simulation), by increasing its visualization capabilities, in the assembly of the Boeing 7E7 production workforce. A knowledgeable and resourceful production workforce, not only in aerospace, but also in other manufacturing industries, is essential in order to meet the competitive requirements of a global market. There is a gap between the availability of sophisticated hardware, software, and manufacturing processes and the skills and competence of the workforce who must utilize them. This project, therefore, proposes to empirically demonstrate the value of "cognitive learning", using state-of-the-art 3d holographic technology as a knowledge transfer tool. The research design features two workforce-training cohorts based on a random assignment to control and experimental groups. The control group will receive traditional training and the experimental group will receive the technology-driven "cognitive learning" model curriculum. Competency-based assessments, in addition to trainee pre- and post-knowledge assessments, will demonstrate that the experimental group will progress from "novice" workers to "expert" workers in a dramatically shorter and more effective training process through the use of the "cognitive learning" model. Current and future engineers and technicians in aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, electronics, heavy equipment, biomedical devices and machine tools, will be required to have a level of understanding of a variety of materials and composites and new manufacturing processes. To be competitive, they must have access to a combination of advanced manufacturing and materials education and training to help produce highly-durable goods using less expensive processes while increasing efficiency. That is precisely what the scientifically-based, technology-driven Cognitive Learning" manufacturing workforce training model prototype, when field-tested and documented empirically, will do. Just demonstrating that the prototype works well, and then expanding into the next phase of the research and development to fully verify and expand the model, will open the door to tremendous commercialization opportunities. In summary, manufacturing workforce training will move from the traditional structure of education to a student-focused learning environment that provides for virtual teaming, three-dimensional visualization, critical thinking and real-life scenarios and problem solving for advanced manufacturing.

Principal Investigator:

H. Cundiff
Dr
2515548358
lynncundiff@bellsouth.net

Business Contact:

Larry R. Shaw
Mr
9703512161
lrshaw@comcast.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

3dh Corporation
5555 Oakbrook Parkway Norcross, GA 30093

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No