P19603: Rod Feeding Mechanism
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Problem Statement

Metal additive manufacturing machines primarily use either wire or powder feedstock. Powdered metal is expensive and wire is hard to source for alloys that are not used in welding. The use of bar stock would be ideal, as most metals are readily available in rod form, but no standard exists for using rodstock in metal AM applications.

The goal of this project is to develop a feeding mechanism which will enable the use of various bar stock materials in metal AM applications, particularly the Vader AM machine in RIT’s Brinkman lab. The design must provide stock material fast enough to avoid slowing the machine down, without overfilling the microcrucible or negatively impacting part quality. The device must also be safe for both operator and machine, and be simple to use. While integration with the Vader is ideal, it is not the primary goal of this project.

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 Vader photo
Sponsor logo
Project Name
Rod Feeder for Metal AM Machines.
Project Number
P19603
Project Family
N/A
Start Term
2181
End Term
2185
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth
Primary Customer
Dr. Denis Cormier
Sponsor (financial support)
AM Print Center, Dr. Denis Cormier

Team Members

Ryan Hollender, Josh Hilton, James Boyers, Mark Brown, Connor Connaughton, Mathias Mereles

Ryan Hollender, Josh Hilton, James Boyers, Mark Brown, Connor Connaughton, Mathias Mereles

Member Major Role Contact
James Boyers ME Project Manager jmb3481@g.rit.edu
Joshua Hilton ME Mechanical Lead jsh4523@g.rit.edu
Mathias Mereles EE Electrical Lead mxm7102@g.rit.edu
Ryan Hollender ME Purchasing rxh4189@rit.edu
Mark Brown ISE Edge Lord I, External Contact mrb5142@rit.edu
Connor Connaughton EE Edge Lord II, Gatekeeper cpc3083@g.rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

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

Schedule

Cost

Risk & Problem Management

Stakeholder Communication

Meeting Minutes

Use Cases

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Manuals

SME Feedback-Ghoneim

SME Feedback-Barrios

Mockups

Test Fixtures

Prototyping

Test Plans

Analysis Results

Simulations

Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT Exhibit

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to our mentor Gary Werth and sponsor Denis Cormier for all their support on this project!