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IFSM 310 3D Printing Stage 2 Assignment
Before you begin this assignment, be sure you have:
• Completed all previously assigned readings, including the Week 1 reading “Differences among
Computer Systems, Computer Information Systems, and Communication Networks.”
• Read the “3D Printing Case Study.”
• Reviewed the feedback on your 3D Printing Stage 1 Assignment.
Mark has reviewed what you provided to him in Stage 1 and he has asked that you tell him what
components he will need to support his “Expansion Plan.” In addition to creating more 3D printed
products, he needs to be able to manage his customer orders, supplies, employees, etc. He wants to
replace his spreadsheet of customer orders with a small business enterprise resource management
(ERP) information system in his facility to help him manage his business effectively. Review the section
of the Case Study entitled “Mark’s Expansion Plan” and the additional information provided below to
identify all of the requirements Mark has laid out. He wants you to tell him what components he will
need and what they do.
Mark has also asked for a diagram that shows how the components you identify will be set up and
connected to create his local area network in the 3D printing facility. In order to prepare a diagram,
Mark has provided the following description of his facility and his operation.
The facility in the industrial park that I am currently using has a manager’s office, a large supply
storage area, a loading dock, and a large open area where the 3D printing operation occurs.
When supplies are unloaded and put into the storage area, I would like for my employees to be
able to update the inventory system (which would be a part of the ERP system). When an
employee takes supplies from the storage area to be used in the printing and packaging
processes, I want them to update the inventory system. I currently accept customers’ orders
via the telephone and email (through my Gmail account; I have my email address on my
Facebook page). My FiOS internet connection drop is in my office area. When I get the ERP
system, I want to be able to enter the customer orders into the ERP system. I also need to use
the ERP to store my employee records and to have payroll information. Finally, I also want to
keep all my financial records (orders, invoices, etc.) in the ERP. As I said earlier (in the Case
Study), I want my employees to be able to access the 3D printing systems through a mobile
device of some sort so they can move around the facility.
On the diagram, he would like you to designate where the components you listed will be located in his
facility – which items will be in his office, which will be elsewhere in the facility, and which ones will be
used by employees as they move around the facility.
Assignment:
This assignment has two parts:
1. Future IT infrastructure – Mark has two fundamental IT needs for his business. He needs to
be able to create the 3D printed products and he needs to be able to manage customer
orders, supplies, employees, etc. To help him understand each component, including those
he already has in place, you will:
3D Printing Stage 2
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a. List and describe the components (hardware, software, security devices, network
devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases, as appropriate) needed for
the computer system(s) to be used to create the 3D printed items.
b. List and describe the components (hardware, software, security devices, network
devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases, as appropriate) Mark will
need to implement a small business enterprise resource management (ERP)
information system in his facility to help him manage his business effectively. Some
of these will be the same as some components listed for the 3D system.
c. Explain the relationships among the 3D computer system, the information system,
and the communication networks that support both types of systems and how they
fit together to provide Mark all the IT capability he needs to run his business.
2.
Create one or two original graphical representations of your specific technology solution.
Include all the components listed in Part 1. The file “Example Network Diagram” shows the
level of detail needed and provides sample icons for use in constructing your drawing, if
you choose to use them. You may want to use icons from Free Network Diagram Software.
You should include labels as to what each device is and what the purpose of the
component is, e.g., router, switch, email server, database server, system administration PC,
etc. The make/model/capacity/etc. of the devices does not need to be included – simply
their generic device type (router, switch, server, etc.) and their function, if appropriate
(email, database, etc.). You may create a single graphic to represent all of the systems, or
you may create a graphic of the computer systems used for the 3D printing and a second
graphic for the ERP information system and other systems Mark is using; the network
components needed for each system should be included on the applicable graphic(s).
Formatting:
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Part 1 should be 1-2 single spaced pages in length, and be in Microsoft Word format, or a format
that can be read in Word.
Part 2 is an original graphic diagram(s) that should be included in the same document. If you have
too much difficulty inserting the diagram, you may provide it as a separate file that can be read by
Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
Compare your work to the Grading Rubric below to be sure you have met content and quality
criteria.
Your submission should include your last name first in the filename:
Lastname_firstname_Stage_2
GRADING RUBRIC:
The “right” and “wrong” answers have to do with whether or not you correctly incorporated the course
vocabulary and concepts from the textbook to support your choices and have addressed all parts of the
assignment.
3D Printing Stage 2
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90-100%
80-89%
70-79%
60-69%
< 60% Far Above Standards Above Standards Meets Standards Below Standards Well Below Standards 18-20 Points 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points List of components for 3D printing system includes all appropriate hardware, software, security devices, network devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases and demonstrates sophisticated level of analysis and critical thinking. 18-20 Points List of components for 3D printing system includes most of the necessary hardware, software, security devices, network devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases, and demonstrates analysis and critical thinking. List of components for 3D printing system including hardware, software, security devices, network devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases is provided and demonstrates adequate level of analysis and critical thinking. List of components for 3D printing system is incomplete or not related to Case Study. List of components for the 3D printing system is not included, or is very incomplete or incorrect. 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points List of components for ERP information system includes all appropriate hardware, software, security devices, network devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases and demonstrates sophisticated level of analysis and critical thinking. 18-20 Points List of components for ERP information system includes most of the necessary hardware, software, security devices, network devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases, and demonstrates analysis and critical thinking. List of components for ERP information system including hardware, software, security devices, network devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and databases is provided and demonstrates adequate level of analysis and critical thinking. List of components for ERP information system is incomplete or not related to Case Study. List of components the ERP information system is not included, or is very incomplete or incorrect. 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points Explanation of how the 3D system, the information system and the communication system work together demonstrates sophisticated level of analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of how the 3D system, the information system and the communication system work together demonstrates analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of how the 3D system, the information system and the communication system work together demonstrates adequate level of analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of how the 3D system, the information system and the communication system work together is incomplete or not related to the Case Study. Explanation of how the 3D system, the information system and the communication system work together is incorrect, inadequate or missing. Possible Points Criteria Components for 3D Printing System Components for ERP Information System How the Systems Work Together 3D Printing Stage 2 20 20 20 3 Graphical Representation Format 27-30 Points 24-26 Points 21-23 Points 18-20 Points 0-17 Points The graphical diagram(s) is complete, clear, logical, labeled, and appropriate to the Case Study, includes the components listed in Part 1, and demonstrates sophisticated analysis and critical thinking. The graphical diagram(s) is clear, logical, labeled, and appropriate to the Case Study and includes Explanation includes the components listed in Part 1, and demonstrates a clear understanding of the course concepts. The graphical diagram(s) is labeled and is appropriate to the Case Study and includes most of the components listed in Part 1. No graphical diagram is included, or minimal effort demonstrated. 9-10 Points 8.5 Points 7.5 Points The graphical diagram(s) may be lacking in completeness and/or clarity and/or logic; may not be labeled or appropriate to the Case Study and may not include the components listed in Part 1. 6.5 Points Submission reflects effective organization and sophisticated writing; follows instructions provided; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; presented in a professional format using Word. Submission reflects effective organization and clear writing; follows instructions provided; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; presented in a professional format using Word. Submission is adequate, is somewhat organized, follows instructions provided; contains minimal grammar and/or spelling errors; is in Word format. Submission is not well organized, and/or does not follow instructions provided; and/or contains grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or is not in Word. Document is extremely poorly written and does not convey the information. . 30 0-5 Points 10 TOTAL Points Possible 3D Printing Stage 2 100 4 3D Printing Case Study In late 2015, Mark Peterson acquired a 3D printer from Best Buy for $500. As he began to play around with it, he discovered that he could use designs he downloaded from the Internet to create a wide variety of objects. One day as he was exploring designs on the website MyMiniFactory.com (https://www.myminifactory.com/), he came across a category of accessibility items. He was very excited to discover such things as an umbrella holder for a wheelchair, because his brother Peter uses a wheelchair for mobility. He downloaded the umbrella holder design and made one for Peter. The first time Peter used the umbrella holder, several people came up and asked him where he had gotten it. Of course, he was proud to say his brother had made it, but he had no idea how much it would cost for Mark to make one for a customer. Peter took the names and phone numbers of two people he encountered and promised to get back to them. When Peter approached Mark with the requests, Mark knew that he had found the start of something good. He figured out what the time and material cost would be to make the holders, called the interested parties, and made his first two sales. As he continued exploring, Mark ran across an article describing ten 3D printable assistive and accessibility devices (https://3dprint.com/126214/103dp-devices-for-the-disabled/). After investing in a heavy duty 3D printer, Mark used his Facebook page to advertise his growing business in 3D printing assistive and accessibility devices. He soon had many orders and his 3D printing hobby became his fulltime occupation. Mark rented space in an industrial park, bought two more wireless 3D printers, and hired two part-time assistants. He brought his PC from home to control the 3D printers, and set up an Internet connection using Verizon FiOS. His PC is connected to a FiOS modem which has a built-in wireless router. Mark obtains his 3D printing designs from sources on the internet. He uses Google email and keeps track of his orders on a spreadsheet on his PC. Mark's Expansion Plan: Now, just three months later, he is ready to add seven more 3D printers and a 3D scanner, and hire five fulltime employees. Before he grows that much, he needs to set up his IT infrastructure to manage not only the additional 3D printers, but also to manage his business. He wants to implement a small business enterprise resource management (ERP) information system in his facility to help him manage his business (customer orders, invoices, supply ordering, employees, etc.) more effectively. He realizes he will also need a document printer to print invoices, etc. In addition, he wants each of his employees to have mobile access to the ERP system and the 3D design files and printers from anywhere in the facility, and he wants as much flexibility in which computers control which 3D printers as possible. He has a large collection of 3D print design files and has downloaded some training videos that he will use to train his new employees. Mark has already decided that he wants to store all of his 3D production files and his business management information locally in his facility, and to use cloud storage for his backup files. Your assignment, which will be done in four stages, is to assist Mark in understanding what kind of infrastructure he needs; how it would be configured; how it will change when his business grows into a much larger, multi-location operation; and how the various devices communicate with each other. Specific instructions for each of the four staged assignments may be found under the Assignments tab. 3D Printing Case Study – IFSM 310 10/28/2016 Purchase answer to see full attachment

  
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