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P10551: Multi-Material Nano-Ink Deposition System

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For an introduction to this project, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.

The aim of this project is to build a functioning multi-material nano-ink printing device and to demonstrate its operation. The basic concept can be seen at Fab@Home.org. This system currently uses a single syringe system for depositing material. This MSD project will replace the single syringe with a series of inkjet microvalves, each of which will deposit ink containing a nanoparticle of interest. By printing one layer of nano-particles on top of the next, a functioning 3D device can be fabricated. Following deposition of all layers, the printed object(s) are sintered in a furnace to produce the final functional component. The short term application of this system is to print energy devices (fuel cells, batteries, etc) whose chemical composition and geometry would be difficult or impossible to produce using conventional means. The long term objective is to be able to use this system to blend materials together the same way that an inkjet printer blends colors. By blending materials both within and between layers, it will be possible to fabricate complete sub-millimeter or even micron scale devices that can include structural elements, actuators (piezo electric, electroactive polymers, etc), electronics, energy harvesting, and/or energy storage.

Fab@Home Version I

Fab@Home Version I

Project Name
Multi-Material Nano-Ink Deposition System
Project Number
P10551
Project Family
Nano-ink deposition system
Track
Printing and Imaging Systems Track
Start Term
2009-2
End Term
2009-3
Faculty Guide
Dr. Denis Cormier (ISE)
Primary Customer
Denis Cormier, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 475-2713, drceie@rit.edu
Sponsor
U.S. Department of Energy (5 year EFRC grant that has just started)
Weekly Updates
MSDI Weekly Updates

MSDI Documents

Project Planning Systems Level Design Detailed Design End of MSDI

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Work Breakdown Structure

Project Plan

Team Values and Norms

Customer Needs

Specifications

Input Process Output Diagram

Preliminary Concepts

Preliminary Concept Selection Criteria

Concept Screening Matrix

Concept Selection Matrix

Risk Assessment

Systems Design Review Package

Systems Design Review PowerPoint

Bill of Materials

Risk Assessment

Curing Feasibility

Preliminary Valve Testing

Material Delivery Feasibility

Testing Plan

Detailed Design PowerPoint

Detailed Design Packet

Bill of Materials

Risk Assessment

Test Plans

MSDII Documents

Project Planning Design Testing System Operation End of MSDII

Gantt Chart

Part Files Directory

Fab America .zip

Color Mixers

Lee Driver

Testing Documentation

System Operation

Poster

Final Presentation

Final Paper

Weekly Deliverables

MSDI Weekly Deliverables
Week 1:
Team Member Roles
Team Values and Norms
Week 2:
Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure
Preliminary Project Plan
Customer Needs
Specifications
Preliminary Risk Assessment
Week 3:
Concept Development
Concept Selection Criteria
Week 4:
Concept Selection Matrix
Updated Risk Assessment
Week 5:
Systems Design Review Package
Systems Design Review PowerPoint
Week 6:
Week 7: Updated Deliverables
Updated Customer Needs
Updated Specifications
Concept Screening
Concept Selection
Gantt Chart
Week 8:
Week 9:
Detailed Design PowerPoint
Detailed Design Packet
Bill of Materials
Risk Assessment
Curing Feasibility
Preliminary Valve Testing
Material Delivery Feasibility
Testing Plan
Week 10:
Week 11:
Risk Assessment
MSDII Gantt Chart