P18676: Upcycling of 3D Printing Waste

Problem Definition

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

During the problem definition phase, the team sought to gather as much information as possible in order to clearly understand what the scope of the project was. It was really helpful to talk to our customer during the interview so that he could show us exactly what the current state of the situation was and where he wished to see improvement.

Project Summary

A Recycle 3D extruder that takes 3D waste and new material to create filament would greatly decrease waste cost and save money. Currently very poor options exist. Link to 1-page project summary or project charter

Use Cases

Upcycling 3-D Printers in R.I.T Construct

Expanding Upcycling Process Across R.I.T Campus

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Key Deliverables:
  1. Analyze and identify weaknesses of current models.
  2. Needs to print in tolerance and consistently.
  3. Safe and easy to use.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

  1. Please find a link to the live document here
  2. Considering the purpose, the team should anticipate potential failure modes associated with construction and use of this document.

Inputs and Source

  1. Problem Statement.
  2. Customer Interviews. (Interview guidelines and expected outcomes are available for your reference)

Outputs and Destination

A completed form matching the supplied template to be used as input to define the Engineering Requirements.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)


Create a contract between the engineer and the customer where indisputable satisfaction of the engineering requirements equates to customer satisfaction

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Inputs and Source

  1. Customer Requirements
  1. Phase I benchmarking

Outputs and Destination

  1. Function Decomposition.
  2. Concept Generation & Development.
  3. HoQ.
  4. System & Detail Design.
  5. Test Plans.
  6. Poster & Final Report.


Design constraints will be properly determined once the Research/Benchmarking phase is complete

House of Quality


  1. Confirm that satisfaction of the Engineering Requirements implies that all of the Customer Requirements are met.
  2. Facilitate design trade off decisions

Design Review Materials

Include links to:

It is appropriate for you to send your customer and guide a link to this page in preparation for the review. This will ensure that they know what you will be presenting and how to view all of your work. Any EDGE link should start with http://edge.rit.edu/edge/P1xxxx..... Using "http" instead of "https" will ensure that non-RIT stakeholders can view the content without being prompted for a DCE login and password.

Plans for next phase

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