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IFSM 310 UMUC Fundamental IT Elements Mark 3D Printing Paper

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IFSM 310 3D Printing Stage 3 Assignment

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you:

  • Have completed all previously assigned readings.
  • Read the “3D Printing Case Study."
  • Reviewed the feedback on your 3D Printing Stage 1 and Stage 2 Assignments.

It is several months later and Mark has implemented your recommendations for his IT infrastructure.Business is booming!Mark's father has seen what a great success Mark's 3D printing business is, and he wants to provide the capital to open two more facilities near Veterans Administration Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee and Phoenix, Arizona.Mark is very excited about expanding his business and being located near service men and women who will benefit from his 3D printed accessibility and assistive devices.Since he has already purchased several server and storage devices to hold his designs and business information, he would like to retain that investment.One thing he has learned is that, with very high speed internet connections, the 3D design files can be downloaded in just a few seconds, so they would not have to be stored at each of his new locations.Mark's plan is to create two new facilities, each with the same number of 3D printers and staff as he has at his current location.The employees at the new locations will also need access to the ERP system to report their time and order supplies, etc.

Mark has asked you to explain how his IT infrastructure should be changed to accommodate these two new facilities and allow him to manage the overall enterprise as one business.Use the following outline for your paper:

  • List the components.In part 1 of your Stage 2 assignment, you listed the computer system, information system, and network components needed at Mark's facility.Here you will list which of those components (hardware, software, security devices, communication network and its devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and data and information, as appropriate) will be located at each of the two new (remote) locations. (Create one list; it will be the same for both.)Some components may not be needed at the new locations; you should not list those.The new locations may require some components not in use at the original site; these should be included in the list.
  • Explain the changes that will be needed in Mark's current (existing) IT infrastructure to incorporate the two new locations, and handle the increase in the number of designs and orders and the additional employees.
  • Explain what is different in the IT infrastructure at the two new locations versus the IT infrastructure now in place at Mark's current facility, and explain why the differences exist.
  • Create an original graphical representation of the three facilities and show the devices that would be located at each location.Show how the locations would be connected and the devices required.

Formatting:

  • Parts 1, 2, and 3 should be about 2 single spaced pages in length, and be in Microsoft Word format, or a format that can be read in Word.
  • Part 4 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.

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IFSM 310 3D Printing Stage 3 Assignment Before you begin this assignment, be sure you: • Have completed all previously assigned readings. • Read the “3D Printing Case Study." • Reviewed the feedback on your 3D Printing Stage 1 and Stage 2 Assignments. It is several months later and Mark has implemented your recommendations for his IT infrastructure. Business is booming! Mark's father has seen what a great success Mark's 3D printing business is, and he wants to provide the capital to open two more facilities near Veterans Administration Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee and Phoenix, Arizona. Mark is very excited about expanding his business and being located near service men and women who will benefit from his 3D printed accessibility and assistive devices. Since he has already purchased several server and storage devices to hold his designs and business information, he would like to retain that investment. One thing he has learned is that, with very high speed internet connections, the 3D design files can be downloaded in just a few seconds, so they would not have to be stored at each of his new locations. Mark's plan is to create two new facilities, each with the same number of 3D printers and staff as he has at his current location. The employees at the new locations will also need access to the ERP system to report their time and order supplies, etc. Mark has asked you to explain how his IT infrastructure should be changed to accommodate these two new facilities and allow him to manage the overall enterprise as one business. Use the following outline for your paper: 1. List the components. In part 1 of your Stage 2 assignment, you listed the computer system, information system, and network components needed at Mark's facility. Here you will list which of those components (hardware, software, security devices, communication network and its devices, wired/wireless devices, internet, and data and information, as appropriate) will be located at each of the two new (remote) locations. (Create one list; it will be the same for both.) Some components may not be needed at the new locations; you should not list those. The new locations may require some components not in use at the original site; these should be included in the list. 2. Explain the changes that will be needed in Mark's current (existing) IT infrastructure to incorporate the two new locations, and handle the increase in the number of designs and orders and the additional employees. 3. Explain what is different in the IT infrastructure at the two new locations versus the IT infrastructure now in place at Mark's current facility, and explain why the differences exist. 4. Create an original graphical representation of the three facilities and show the devices that would be located at each location. Show how the locations would be connected and the devices required. Formatting: • Parts 1, 2, and 3 should be about 2 single spaced pages in length, and be in Microsoft Word format, or a format that can be read in Word. 3D Printing Stage 3 1 • • • Part 4 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_3 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 3 2 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 the new (remote) locations 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 the new (remote) locations 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 the new (remote) locations 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 the new (remote) locations is incomplete or not related to Case Study. List of components for the new (remote) locations is not included, or is very incomplete or incorrect. 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points Explanation of changes in existing infrastructure to accommodate the new locations is clear, complete, derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates sophisticated level of analysis and critical thinking. 18-20 Points Explanation of changes in existing infrastructure to accommodate the new locations is accurate, derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of changes in existing infrastructure to accommodate the new locations is derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates adequate level of analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of changes in existing infrastructure to accommodate the new locations is incomplete or not related to Case Study. Explanation of changes in existing infrastructure to accommodate the new locations is not included, or is very incomplete or incorrect. 16-17 Points 14-15 Points 12-13 Points 0-11 Points Explanation of the differences between the IT at the main location and at the remote locations is clear, complete, derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates sophisticated level of analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of the differences between the IT at the main location and at the remote locations is clear, derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of the differences between the IT at the main location and at the remote locations is derived from the Case Study, and demonstrates adequate level of analysis and critical thinking. Explanation of the differences between the IT at the main location and at the remote sites is incomplete or not related to the Case Study. Explanation of the differences between the IT at the main location and at the remote locations is not included, or is very incomplete or incorrect. Possible Points Criteria Components for New (remote) Locations Changes in Existing IT Infrastructure Explanation of Differences between Main Location and Remote Locations 3D Printing Stage 3 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 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 is clear, logical, labeled, 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 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 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 10 100 TOTAL Points Possible 3D Printing Stage 3 4 3D Printing Case: Stage 2 Ifedayo Ogunjuyigbe University of Maryland 3/8/2020 3D Printing Case: Stage 2 A. The fundamental IT elements that will be needed for utilization by Mark 3D printing business include: • Internet Service Provider (ISP): This is going to provide a robust connection to the internet, which will be crucial in providing access to different services. For instance, this will be very helpful in reaching his consumers on social media platforms. It will also be used in accessing emails and cloud service providers. • Wireless router: This will be connected to the ISP offered modem through an Ethernet cable, which will then be able to transmit a wireless signal to allow the end-user access to the wide-area network. • Wireless Access Point (WAP): This will be crucial to the business because it will increase the accessibility of the internet, which is crucial in creating efficiency in the firm because the system will be reached in all areas within the firm. • Network Switch: The switch will provide a physical connection to connect multiple network devices into your LAN. This will be useful because it will primarily serve as the connection point for the 3D printers, a document printer, and the local server. • Firewall: This will help in creating a security barrier that will be able to deny or grant network access traffic flows between trusted zone WAN and untrusted ones such as the internet. Thus it will help in preventing unauthorized access and computer network exploitation actors. • Laptops: This will be crucial to increase the abilities of the staff to enter data into the firm's system faster and work in different locations within the shop. Besides, it allows for both wireless and wired internet connections. • Software for 3D printers: This required to enhance the ability to import, modify, read, and create a design that will then be sent to the 3D printers for production. • 3D printers: This will be used together with the 3D printing software, which will be connected through the print server. Besides, they will utilize one of the following materials; Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polyethylene terephthalate (PETT), Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), Polylactic acid (PLA), Nylon, Metal Filament, High-density polyethylene (HDPE), Wood Filament, Flexible Filament, Carbon Fiber Mix or Conductive Filament to create three-dimensional products based on the designs selected in the 3D software. • Network-Attached Storage (NAS): This will be attached to the network, and the staff and all individuals working will be able to access and store, retrieve or modify files related to the business. It is a specialized storage server that will be accessed based on the role of the worker. B. Components required for Mark to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) information system. • Internet Service Provider (ISP): This will offer access to the bucked ERP system hosted in the cloud. It will also allow for frequent updates of the latest software patches for the ERP system as released by the service provider. • ERP Software: This will facilitate the automation of the office activities that are done at the shop. For example, activities relating to technology and human resource. It will also help in enhancing the flow of data, internal functions, and the flow of communication between the employees. • Cloud Data Storage: this will act as an archival or backup method of all information and data in the NAS. This is secure storage that will be able to store huge files and will prevent losses that might result from accidental deletion. • Wireless Access Point: This will be the primary route through which the laptops will be able to access the ERP system and fill in information from any location within the shop. It will also enable the workers to access the cloud infrastructure. • Laptops: These will act as the primary route for the employees in different locations to access the ERP system located both in the cloud or the local server. • Multifunctional Printer (MFP): This will act as a document printer that will be utilized to produce business-related files such as invoices, supply, and order forms together with other functions such as email documents, fax, and scan. • Server: This will act as the main host for the ERP software, where the laptops will be able to access the ERP software. • Network Switch: This device is utilized to connect all devices on the network infrastructure. • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): This will be utilized to minimize power interruption and damage, which may result from the loss of data in the ERP system. C. Relationships among the 3D computer system, the information system, and the communication networks The success of the Marks business will depend on the alignment of the system to deliver the work intended. For instance, the 3D software will be utilized to create new designs which will then be saved in the NAS when they are complete. NAS will then be involved in the backup of all the data stored on it to the cloud storage by the use of the internet offered by the service provider. The access of the design file by the workers will require the use of laptops in the working area, which will be able to transmit data through the wireless router or the WAP to the network switch via the configured firewall to access the sites offered by the ISP. When the data has been retrieved from the website, then the order of flow will be ISP, firewall, switch, WAP/Router, and laptop simultaneously. From here, the 3D software will read the retrieved file and sent it to the network printer connected through the network switch to the print server, which will be involved in the queuing and transmission of the data to the chosen print through the queued job. The selected printer will then transform the design file into a product. Mark and his staff will access the ERP software through their laptops. Its database will be stored on the NAS, which is connected by wires to the network switch. In this case, the mark will be making decisions on who will access different databases depending on the needs. However, the staff member will be able to access the ERP system to make orders for the consumers, order, and modify supplies together with creating and accessing databases. Other security measures will be considered on the NAS to ensure that the decisions made by Mark on access will be adhered to. Additionally, Mark will have more access related to staff records and payrolls. To ensure that the information is safe and readily available, NAS will back up to the cloud storage server, which will occur via the switch, to the router, firewall and ISP consecutively. References BrainBell. (2016). Basic Requirements of a Network: PC Hardware. Retrieved 7 March 2020, from https://www.brainbell.com/tutors/A+/Hardware/Basic_Requirements_of_a_Network.htm Jamaluddin, A. (2018). 10 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A 3D Printer - Hongkiat. Retrieved 7 March 2020, from https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/things-know-buying-3dprinter/ VisualParadigm. (2020). Free Network Diagram Software Retrieved 7 March 2020, from https://online.visual-paradigm.com/diagrams/solutions/free-network-diagram-software/ ...
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Running head: 3D PRINTING STAGE 3

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3D Printing: Stage 3
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3D PRINTING STAGE 3

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3D Printing: Stage 3
The growth and success of every business often depend on the availability of resources
and strategies applied by the management team to facilitate the process. In the case of Mark's
firm, setting up new business locations will require more components and an expanded network
structure to enhance proper transmission and communication between the main office and the
other regions.
Components for New Remote Locations
Proper expansion of the network to the new locations will require an excellent connection
to handle the increased printing capabilities of the business. Some of the components that are
present in the main office will also be available in remote locations. Those that will be used by
the firm in the new business locations will include:
• Virtual Private Network (VPN): This will be used to connect the remote locations to
the main office. It will be crucial because it offers the opportunity for expansion, secure
connections, and communications between the areas through the internet (BrainBell,
2016). Apart from that, it provides a faster transfer of data rates, and it is more affordable
to small businesses, including those achieving growth.
• 3D Printers: This, with the utilization of its software, will be connected to the server ...

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