The innovation station : a 3D printing vending machine for UT Austin students

dc.contributor.advisorSeepersad, Carolynen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCrawford, Richard Hen
dc.creatorKuhn, Joshua Brianen
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-26T20:08:15Zen
dc.date.available2015-10-26T20:08:15Zen
dc.date.issued2015-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2015en
dc.date.updated2015-10-26T20:08:16Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe Innovation Station is designed to provide on-demand, web-enabled 3D printing securely in a public space. The overarching goal is to lower the barriers to 3D printing at a university, to facilitate innovation and creativity, and to inspire future engineers. Both hardware and software innovations were required to realize this capability. From the hardware side, the design team invented a process to automatically remove parts from the 3D printer and sweep them into a bin from which users can retrieve them without directly accessing the 3D printer. From the software side, in partnership with the Faculty Innovation Center (FIC) at UT Austin, the design team created a web portal that allows students to upload parts remotely and access detailed directions for creating parts. It also allows administrators to remotely manage the queue and initiate builds. Together, the hardware and the software innovations enable printing multiple jobs continuously without user intervention and remote cancellation of jobs. Plans for the entire station, both hardware and software, are intended to be open source, with a startup cost of less than $4,000, plus the cost of the printers, for recreating the station at a new location.en
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineeringen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2Z616en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/31972en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject3D printingen
dc.subjectAdditive manufacturingen
dc.subjectDesign for 3D printingen
dc.subjectAutomatic part removal systemen
dc.titleThe innovation station : a 3D printing vending machine for UT Austin studentsen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentMechanical Engineeringen
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Engineeringen

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