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3-D Printed Metal and Plastic Propeller Design and Manufacturing for Small-scale Underwater Thrusters

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Manufacturing Division Technical Session 4

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

11

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https://peer.asee.org/31939

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19

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Byul Hur Texas A&M University

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Dr. B. Hur received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea, in 2000, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. USA, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. He worked as a postdoctoral associate from 2011 to 2016 at the University Florida previously. His research interests include Mixed-signal/RF circuit design and testing, measurement automation, environmental & biomedical data measurement, and educational robotics development.

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David Malawey Texas A&M University

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David earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2011. After three years in the automotive industry in engine design and engine calibration, he transitioned to Texas A&M University for a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in College Station, TX concluding in 2016. He has become involved in applied research in additive manufacturing, internet of things, and mechatronics. Currently his role is Technical Laboratory coordinator and leads a team in laboratory hardware and software development for the mobile robotics course in the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M.

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Joseph A. Morgan Texas A&M University

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Joseph A. Morgan has over 20 years of military and industry experience in electronics and communications systems engineering. He joined the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department in 1989 and has served as the Program Director of the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs and as the Associate Department Head for Operations. He has served as Director of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer in the private sector and currently a partner in a small start-up venture. He received his BS degree in electrical engineering (1975) from California State University, Sacramento, and his MS (1980) and DE (1983) degrees in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. His education and research interests include project management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and embedded product/system development.

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Chao Ma Texas A&M University

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Dr. Chao Ma received his B.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 2010, M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012, and Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015, all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Ma was a senior mechanical engineer at Cymer, LLC., San Diego, CA, from 2015 to 2016. Dr. Ma joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 2016. He is affiliated with the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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Reza Langari Texas A&M University

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Jennifer Jordan

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Caleb Christian Stewart

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Brian Malbec

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David K. James

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Abstract

The use of additive manufacturing technology in a senior Capstone project setting is increasing. In this paper, effective examples of additive manufacturing are presented, which was used in a Capstone project. Moreover, the design challenges for prototyping by metal 3D printing are discussed. Examples of plastic or metal thruster propellers are presented. These propellers are designed for an underwater thruster, which is one of the key elements in underwater robots. A thruster consists of a propeller, brushless motor, ducted enclosure, and electronic speed control (ESC) unit. This paper includes a design and manufacturing case of the small-scale thrusters. Moreover, the assembly of the thruster is presented, which meets 2019 Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition safety requirements. Furthermore, the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) robot example is presented.

Hur, B., & Malawey, D., & Morgan, J. A., & Ma, C., & Langari, R., & Jordan, J., & Stewart, C. C., & Malbec, B., & James, D. K. (2019, June), 3-D Printed Metal and Plastic Propeller Design and Manufacturing for Small-scale Underwater Thrusters Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/31939

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