P17512: Xerox 3D Print Head
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Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

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Final Demo and Handoff

During this phase we finalized the motion control in 3 axis's. We implemented an algorithm which moves the printhead from a dock position to 1 mm above the printing surface. The x-axis substrate and scans at the prescribed speed, passing underneath the illuminated UV light each pass. During this phase we were able to print and a cure UV ink. Also, the enclosure was completed as well as the clamping mechanism. We displayed our exhibit during Imagine and received positive feedback from the community.

Imagine

Display at Imagine RIT 2017

Display at Imagine RIT 2017

Scanning Algorithm - Printhead Moved 1mm Above Substrate

Scanning Algorithm - Printhead Moved 1mm Above Substrate

Risk and Problem Tracking

Final Project Documentation

Recommendations

The team also recommends black anodizing or painting the work surface black to reduce reflections from the UV curing system light. The UV curing system should be run and tested for a long period of time to check for overheating. The interface between the motion control and the Image Loader Board software needs to be connected so that the print head knows where the print surface is at any given time and when to fire the ink nozzles. The breadboard should be replaced with a smaller footprint and placed in a project box along with the Arduino. The rotary encoder should be replaced with a linear encoder as our current set up was not able to withstand long operational periods.

Helpful Documents

Xerox M-series Print Head

Print Head Assembly SOP

Image Loader Board Manual

MSDS VisiJet CR-CL : Material Safety Data Sheet for UV curable ink


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