P17551: Sandia Instrumented 3D Printer


Project Summary Project Information

Additive manufacturing has increased in popularity due to advances in 3D printing technology. A 3D printer is a device that fabricates a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model by laying down successive layers of a heated plastic. Companies that utilize 3D printing and additive manufacturing can benefit from a quicker time-to-market for a product, a decrease in engineering time due to rapid prototyping capabilities, and a decrease in the physical design constraints realized in traditional manufacturing. However, quality control of a 3D printed part is a major drawback that restricts these parts from use in high consequence applications.

The Sandia Instrumented 3D Printer project aims to eliminate quality concerns with the implementation of various sensors to monitor and control the 3D print process, resulting in a history of sensor data that will allow the part to be classified. This "part history" will be associated with various mechanical tests that verify the part's structural integrity. When this process is verified, feedback into the 3D print process will be introduced to control the quality of a part while it is being printed, resulting in less material waste and more reliable parts.

For more detailed information, please see the Project Readiness Package.

Project Name
Sandia Instrumented 3D Printer
Project Number
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Mr. Edward Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Mr. Nicholas Leathe
Sandia National Laboratories

Team Members

L/R: Maseo Browning, Mike Muldoon, Ryan Thorna, Jonathan Eames, Justin Rueb, Jacob Lowe

L/R: Maseo Browning, Mike Muldoon, Ryan Thorna, Jonathan Eames, Justin Rueb, Jacob Lowe

Member Role Contact
Ryan Thorna Electrical Engineer rmt5373@rit.edu
Mike Muldoon Mechanical Engineer mem3780@rit.edu
Jonathan Eames Electrical Engineer jle5606@rit.edu
Maseo Browning Electrical Engineer mjb9104@rit.edu
Justin Rueb Project Lead jwr3901@rit.edu
Jacob Lowe Computer Engineer jcl7843@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Project Directory

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


We would like to acknowledge Mr. Edward Hanzlik for his guidance through MSD, Mr. Nicholas Leathe for sharing his knowledge of 3D printing and technical expertise, and Sandia National Laboratories for sponsoring the project.