A Living Room 3D Printer: Final Design Report

  Introduction Additive manufacturing very well may be the future of making “things” and the advancement of 3D printers will revolutionize the way that everyday people get parts and products for use in their homes. The most common type of 3D printing on the consumer market currently is Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM), which basically melts…
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Update: Mechanical Assembly

This update is pretty quick, as I’ve been swamped with all of my other classes. I’m putting the whole thing together this weekend (hopefully), and just have a few more parts to make sure will work together before I can be ready for expo. I’m certainly not going to be ready to demonstrate a functional…
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3D Printer Update and Impacts of 20th Century Aesthetic Movements

This post will discuss progress on my 3D printer since Spring Break, as well as discuss how my aesthetic has been shaped by 20th Century design movements. The timing of this post’s discussion is appropriate because I’ve started constructing the stand which the printer will sit on/in, and am really working on honing in on my…
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Project Inspirations

This post will be brief and not cohesive because I’m not yet sure what my project will be! I have a few ideas that I’m not thrilled about, and am kind of worried about the time that some of these projects would demand. Regardless, here are my thoughts: Robotics and control: I’d like to do…
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Chip’s Engineering Aspirations

As a second semester senior, I’m hoping to stay afloat. In all seriousness, the past couple of weeks have been very difficult with balancing school (predominantly senior design and advanced product design) and part-time work (I intern at LASP), in addition to trying to be a functional human being. It’s been difficult to be exposed to…
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Chip’s Abbreviated Skill-set Resume

Thanks for checking out my brief credentials to work on your team. I’m a senior studying Mechanical Engineering (like teammate Ethan) and pursuing a Master’s degree concurrently with an emphasis on design. I have considerable experience with mechanical design and enjoy elegantly solving complex problems. See below for a semi-detailed skill-set: CAD Modeling: 1000+ hours…
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Hundreds of Packing Peanuts

I came across a whole bunch of packing peanuts, which I thought would be a really cool medium for this first project. Even better, I learned that they can be “glued” to each other using only water! If the packing peanut is the type made out of corn starch, they ordinarily dissolve in water (probably…
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Ski Town Aesthetic

After spending the weekend skiing at Vail (a rare and lucky treat), I’ve been thinking about the quintessential “ski town” aesthetic that the town has established. From your first turn off of I-70, you know that you’re in a special kind of mountain town, one that certainly emphasizes aesthetics and experience over economy or accessibility. In addition to the world-class…
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