P18721: Value Re-Engineering for Additive Manufacturing


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Additive Manufacturing is an emerging technology for any business that creates mechanical parts in a variety of volumes. Gleason has decided to get a jump start in the process of converting over to additive manufacturing by beginning to look at some parts in an additive manufacturing perspective. The goal of the project is to save money and/or increase customer satisfaction in producing mechanical parts by creating a process that decreases waste, increases efficiency, decreases lead time, and decreases manufacturing costs. Several parts that Gleason initially wants to look at are currently very expensive to produce using traditional manufacturing methods, so there is high potential for success with this project. The scope of the project includes taking parts from part prints, through a redesign of the part for the most promising additive manufacturing method, and creating a working prototype that is proven to decrease the costs in producing the parts without sacrificing part quality.

This project is a bit unusual in that in MSD I we worked with a client other than Gleason, but the client struggled to get information in a timely way that we needed from their client to do our work. So late in the first semester we went through a series of steps that culminated in our "inheriting" a project that was worked on for one semester by a team of four graduate industrial engineering students as a part of their capstone course. We attended their final reviews with Gleason, and executed a handoff process from them to us to try to make a seamless transition from Gleason's perspective. We were helped by the fact that our MSD I project with the other client was very similar to this one in that the business and technical problems they wanted to address were much like what Gleason hopes to accomplish. We appreciate Gleason allowing us the opportunity to carry on the work of the ISE team.

Project Name
MPG (Metal Printed Gears)
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John Kaemmerlen, jxkpdm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Gleason, Rochester NY
Sponsor (financial support)

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Scott Geyer Mechanical Engineer Design Engineer spg2260@rit.edu
Michael Abramson Mechanical Engineer Design Engineer maa1123@rit.edu
Dmitry Krupenya Industrial Engineer Design Engineer dxk4687@rit.edu
Carol Anderson Industrial Engineer Systems Engineer cma3565@rit.edu
Victoria Cardenas Industrial Engineer Project Manager vac5844@rit.edu

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