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MAKER: 3D Printer from Scratch Made with e-Waste

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Make It!

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26.1106.1 - 26.1106.10



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William Sarkis Babikian Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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William Babikian is a full-time undergraduate student in the Mechatronics Engineering program at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. He has experience in applied robotics and automation in assembly lines. His general interests include computer programming, engineering product designing, and pure mathematics.

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Terry K Beesoon Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

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Beesoon is a fourth-year student enrolled in a bachelor of science program for mechatronics engineering at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.

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Shouling He Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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Dr. Shouling He is an associate professor of Engineering and Technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, where she is teaching the courses in Mechatronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology. Her research interests include modeling and simulation, microprocessors and PLCs, control system designs and Robotics. She has published more than 45 journal and conference papers in these research areas.

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Hossein Rahemi Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

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Title - Maker: 3D Printer from Scratch Made with e-WasteABSTRACTIn this project we present an approach to build a 3D printer based on the recycled electroniccomponents. The motivations for us to do the project are (1) 3D printing technology as nextindustrial revolution has caught wide attention around the world. With the development of thetechnology, a custom part that would previously take a great deal of time and money for aprofessional manufacturer to produce can now be made much quicker at a very low cost.Particular for college engineering education, students can produce different innovative parts fortheir new designs for robots or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) using a self-made 3D printer.Therefore, developing the technique is of significance; (2) Although 3D printers use a variety oftypes of additive manufacturing technologies, the core action is in common: they create a threedimensional object by building it layer by successive layer, until entire object is complete.Furthermore, most devices required to make each layer of the object are similar to the printersused in last several decades, such as stepper motors, drive train, fan, gears, glass bed and so on.Hence, the 3D printer developed by the project has been fully made use of recycled electroniccomponents, which helps to reduce the cost of the 3D printer and prevent the environmentalcontamination due to huge amount of e-waste generated in the United States. The practicalproject allows us to apply the knowledge we learned from different fields in Mechatronicsengineering: electrical, mechanical, automation, control, and computer engineering. Moreover, itimproves our problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.Keywords: 3D printers, building, e-Waste.

Babikian, W. S., & Beesoon, T. K., & He, S., & Rahemi, H. (2015, June), MAKER: 3D Printer from Scratch Made with e-Waste Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24443

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