P18652: Medium-Scale 3D Printing
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Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D Printing, is a technology that has been growing rapidly within the past 5 years. The most popular form of AM is called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). This process extrudes material layer by layer from the bottom up, melting polymer in 2D layers to make up a 3D model. Traditional FDM printers use robotic gantry systems that drive the extruder to the commanded positions. The problem with gantry systems is that the parts being printed are limited to the volume of the gantry, constraining designs to be a specific size. By replacing the fixed gantry system with a cable driven system, the build volume can be altered based on where the cables are fixed. This opens a wider range of applications that may have not been considered prior to this technology and makes scaling up much more possible. Applications include large scale architecture in remote locations, complex architecture, and residential/commercial buildings. Currently, there is one working model of a small-scale Hang Printer, but there are a few constraints that must be altered. By using a 7-connection table top system (4 platforms) the goal is to measure the cable tension of that cable configuration. The system will move in the XYZ direction.

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  • Watch the video here to see what a small scale prototype looks like!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk4fhQvNoaM

Sponsor
Project Name
Medium-Scale 3D Printer
Project Number
P18652
Start Term
2171
End Term
2175
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth

Email: gdwddm@rit.edu Phone: (315)651-0014

Primary Customer
RIT

Email: postbk@ornl.gov

Team Sponsor (financial supporter)
RIT
Dr. Cormier

Team Members

 Left to Right: Alex Boulger, Joshua Rosas, Matthew Sychtysz, Elizabeth Lysack, Jack Kong, Alexander Schuyler

Left to Right: Alex Boulger, Joshua Rosas, Matthew Sychtysz, Elizabeth Lysack, Jack Kong, Alexander Schuyler

Member Role Contact
Matthew Sychtysz Mechanical Engineer mxs7689@rit.edu
Elizabeth Lysack Electrical Engineer ecl6679@rit.edu
Jack Kong Electrical Engineer jfk9897@rit.edu
Joshua Rosas Computer Engineer jxr2692@rit.edu
Alex Boulger Mechanical Engineer axb9465@rit.edu
Alexander Schuyler Mechanical Engineer aws9223@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

MSD I Overview

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination

PRP

Requirements

Schedules

Cost

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Case

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Program Files

Facility Layout

Manuals

Builder's Notes

Prototyping

CAD

Assembly

Software

Test Plans

Analysis Results

Simulations

Theory

Test Results

Technical Paper

Poster

Lightning Slide

Future Works

Summary of Accomplishments

Acknowledgements