New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
3D printing is an integral part of the visualization, design, and prototyping process. As it becomes more accessible, to even the layperson, it has spawned new industries and small businesses. And as it becomes more accessible aided by copious 3D printers being introduced the market every year, hobbyists, K12 schools, libraries, professionals and other end-users around the globe are facing increasing difficulties making educated decisions when selecting a 3D printer.
Previous research has limited 3D printer selection systems to professional users or restricted it to printer parameters and part accuracies. Much of the research findings are also archaic as it has been difficult to keep up with the rapidly growing 3D printer market. Also, many of the more popular, larger, or well-known 3D printer manufacturers provide their printer specifications in disparate formats making an “apples to apples” comparisons difficult.
An endeavor is underway that focuses on the design of a tool that will enable any category of end user to match their needs and product specifications to 3D printers by means of a webpage. Envisioned is the capability of any users connected to a network to enter the CAD geometry and product specifications into a web based form to empower users to select the most appropriate 3D printer. The parameters that drive the selection of 3D printers have been inspired by more popular, larger, or well-known 3D printer manufacturers. The purpose of the selection system is to display printer specification in a common format so users are able to make “apples to apples” comparisons. Initially the system, along with the website interface will be hosted by a library. The online resource and the database will be continuously expand, improved upon, and updated to ensure the 3D printing pairing engine is current.
The technology, techniques and methods of designing and hosting a3D printer selection engine and the user’s experiences as they interact with this system is reported.
Agarwala, R., & Chin, R. A., & Zuberbier, D. P., & Sanders, M. M. (2016, June), Development of a 3-D Printer Selection Engine Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26790
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