P18462: Solar Powered FDM 3D Printer
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Problem Definition

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

Project Summary

3D Printers have grown in use and have developed into more advanced and efficient printers. One such printer, the Self Replicating Rapid Prototype (RepRap), has become a popular choice of consumers due to its ability of self-replicating up to 70% of its product. Due to affordability, and its production of customizable parts, it is a reliable choice for use in aiding developing countries. Some countries only have limited electrical power sources. To fix this problem, the current RepRap printer should be powered using solar power. This will limit electricity usage, allowing users to print needed components and items without limitations.

The main goals of the project include the development of a solar powered RepRap printer that is easy to assemble, use, and clean. It shall be portable, cost effective, and produce good quality components. Our partner project team from UAO in Columbia is working on a device that will create printer filament from recycled plastic bottles. The printer shall be able to print with this created filament. The result will be a prototype design, fully powered by solar light, with enough power to melt the created filament. It will be constrained to non-electrical power supplies and consistent with the intellectual property of the project.

The 3D printer will then be used by the residents of Cali, Colombia to promote creativity, entertainment, and education for the children of the community with intention of lowering the amount of violence and crime activity in the area. The use of solar energy will allow the community to use the printer when electricity is limited. The goal for the implementation of the printer is to encourage technical and manufacturing advances that will improve the standard of life for the residents of Cali, Colombia.

Customer Interview

Date Person Interviewd Transcript
8/31/17 Marcos Esterman Transcript
9/06/17 UAO Colombia Transcript

Use Case

Use Case 1

Use Scenario 1: Customer uses 3D printer to acquire skills that will increase odds of employment

Use Scenario 1: Customer uses 3D printer to acquire skills that will increase odds of employment

Use Case 2

Use Scenario 2: Customer uses recycled bottles to 3D print goods for a business

Use Scenario 2: Customer uses recycled bottles to 3D print goods for a business

Use Case 3

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Goals

Deliverables

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

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Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Timeline

Timeline

Timeline

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Values and Norms

Values

Norms

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Benchmarking

Benchmarking

Benchmarking

Constraints

Budget: $1000-$2000

Purpose:

Filament specifications: Diameter is 1.75mm and made from recycled plastic bottles

House of Quality

House of Quality

House of Quality

Risks

Risk Management

Risk Management

Risk Management Continued

Risk Management Continued

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Design Review Materials

Plans for next phase

Josh's Three Week Plan

Chris' Three Week Plan

Connor's Three Week Plan

Thy's Three Week Plan

Trevor's Three Week Plan

Harrison's Three Week Plan

3-week Plan Template


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