P17512: Xerox 3D Print Head


Project Summary Project Information

Layered Manufacturing (LM) is a rapidly growing market with many opportunities for new advancement. The ink jet based LM printer needs to be capable of precisely placing ink drops to form an image using an ink formula which cures via ultraviolet light in a reasonable time frame to allow for the succeeding layer to be placed quickly. The printer should include monitoring systems for the critical parameters of the ink jet system. In finding the ideal ink formulation, additional metrics should be developed for assessing each formulas “jetability” and “curability”. A previous group working on this project was successful in developing independent X, Y and Z axis controls for moving the Reservoir Bucket, Jet Stack, Print Head Holder and Print Head, as well as an inexpensive UV curing system and a system for changing Reservoir Buckets. They also began work on a UV ventilation system.

The goal of this project is to continue and complete the solid start provided by the previous team to deliver a fully integrated prototype that is reliable, affordable, and user-friendly. The resulting device needs to meet the customer requirements for build size and resolution, and produce an image part that can be built in a reasonable time with UV curing ink.

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Project Name
3D Printer Ink Jetting Station
Project Number
Start Term
Fall 2016
End Term
Spring 2017
Faculty Guide
Bill Nowak wjnddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dennis Cormier drceie@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)

Team Members

From Left to right: Charles Dixon, Jose Salas, Bo Leduc, Andrew Fisher, Derek Witt, Mark Swamy

From Left to right: Charles Dixon, Jose Salas, Bo Leduc, Andrew Fisher, Derek Witt, Mark Swamy

Member Role Contact Major
Andrew Fisher Team Lead alf1990@rit.edu ME
Bo Leduc Records Manager bal6806@rit.edu ME
Jose Salas Facilitator jms6412@rit.edu ME
Charles Dixon Communicator ccd1526@rit.edu EE
Mark Swamy Project Manager ps5906@rit.edu EE
Derek Witt Lead Engineer dtw3529@rit.edu EE

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

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Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


Team P17512 would like to express our most sincere gratitude to our customer Dr. Denis Cormier and our guide William Nowak. We’d like to thank Xerox Corporation for donating the needed hardware and software to our project. In addition, we would also like to thank Paul McConville and Peter Gulvin from Xerox, for their technical contributions and insights. We’d like to acknowledge all the professors and subject matter experts who helped us throughout our project: John Bonzo. We’d like to thank the rest of the machine shop professionals and their student staff. We couldn’t have done this without all your help, thank you!