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There is a need across the world for reliable, mobile power that is not dependent on an electrical grid. In 2017 and 2018, a solar-powered cart was developed for use in Columbia in order to provide reliable power to a 3D printer in an area with an unstable power grid. However, upon implementation, it was found that the scope of the project could be expanded to encompass multiple applications, leading to a need for a collapsible, mobile power system that could seamlessly switch between power sources.

The goals of this project are to develop a solution and identify opportunities to switch between multiple power sources seamlessly, be portable and compact, improve reliability and ease of use, disassembly, and transport, and fail gracefully without power. The expected result is a functional prototype with a user manual, setup and teardown instructions, and a field test plan to be used in Columbia.

Project Name
Solar Powered Portable 3D Printer Cart
Project Number
P20462
Project Family
Sustainable Technologies for the Global Marketplace
Start Term
2019
End Term
2020
Faculty Guide
William Nowak, wjnddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Marcos Esterman, mxeeie@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Marcos Esterman, Bill Hard Fund, RIT Global

Team Members

Pictured from left to right: Konstantinos Konstas, Andrew Rearson, Arden Bonzo, Darcy DeAngelis, Liliana Benzer, Suyu Wang.

Pictured from left to right: Konstantinos Konstas, Andrew Rearson, Arden Bonzo, Darcy DeAngelis, Liliana Benzer, Suyu Wang.

Member Role Contact
Arden Bonzo Industrial Engineer email
Liliana Benzer Electrical Engineer email
Suyu Wang Electrical Engineer email
Darcy DeAngelis Mechanical Engineer email
Andrew Rearson Mechanical Engineer email
Konstantinos Konstas Computer Engineer email

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 Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout

Manuals

Mockups

Test Fixtures

Prototyping

Test Plans

Analysis Results

Simulations

Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT Exhibit

Acknowledgements

A huge thanks to Dr. Marcos Esterman, Dr. Alvaro Rojas Arciniegas, and Francisco Mercado, as well as RIT and UAO.

Thanks to our sponsers, the Bill Hard Fund and RIT Global