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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ultra affordable rapid prototyping: Creation and setup of an experimental fabrication machine
by Eld, David W., M.S., University of Idaho, 2014, 158; 1563549
Abstract (Summary)

The use of rapid prototyping in engineering education is a powerful tool. It allows students to get hands on experience with emerging engineering tools as well as the design and testing process. While the cost of the machines has come down over the past several years with the introduction of 3D printers that cost several thousand dollars, the operating cost can still be a barrier for some schools, especially in the k-12 environment. To make rapid prototyping ultra-affordable new materials and methods need to be explored for use in the pursuit of creating a system that has very low cost of operation and is easy to use. This thesis focuses on the exploration of materials and methods that have low cost, primarily using post-consumer high density polyethylene in additive and subtractive manufacturing methods.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McCormack, Jay P.
Commitee: Beyerlein, Steven, Dixon, Raymond
School: University of Idaho
Department: Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: MAI 53/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanical engineering
Keywords: 3D printing, High density polyethylene, Prototyping
Publication Number: 1563549
ISBN: 978-1-321-13048-5
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