New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
3D Printer and CNC Milling Desktop Machine
Additive (material formation) and subtractive (material removal) manufacturing technologies have been popularly employed in a variety of fields such as prototyping, modeling, artistry, education, decoration, medicine, and direct production. These manufacturing technologies exist as independent machines of large sizes, different structural components, industrial capacities, professional-skill functionalities, and high costs. However, the field of do-it-yourself (DIY) manufacturing is expanding and creating a demand for personal, desktop-sized machines available to the general consumer.
Desktop machines employing subtractive and additive manufacturing processes have become popular for use by hobbyists, but each process requires a separate machine. In addition, open-source technology has made available hundreds of these newly-emerging machines. But these models also come in a variety of sizes, shapes, capacities, functionalities, and prices; and they are offered by vendors that range from professional companies to DIY enthusiasts spread around the world.
The popularity of additive and subtractive technologies, combined with the growth of DIY manufacturing, has made three-dimensional (3D) printing and computer-numerical-control (CNC) milling the most desirable technologies for personal use. Therefore, this senior project sought to combine CNC milling and 3D printing into one machine; bringing together frame, hardware, controls, and software to operate each process. Staying true to the spirit of DIY manufacturing, the machine’s criteria were defined to have a desktop footprint, an approximate build capacity of 11x11x11 inches, easy access to the product, a flexible interchangeability of the tools, and a focus on plastic, wood, and soft metals as production materials.
Keywords: 3D printer, CNC, additive manufacturing
Rodriguez, J., & Ikonomov, P., & Choudhury, A. A. (2016, June), Development of a 3-D Printer and CNC Milling Desktop Machine for Manufacturing Labs Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26788
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