MAKING AN AFFORDABLE CERAMIC POWDER 3D PRINTER FOR CREATING CERAMIC ART

Open Access
Author:
Lewicki, Dimitri Stephan
Area of Honors:
Mechanical Engineering
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Timothy Simpson, Thesis Supervisor
  • Sean Brennan, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • binder jetting
  • open source
  • ceramics
  • clay
  • inkjet
Abstract:
A binder-jetting 3D printer was built based on an open-source project documented on YTec3D.com. The original design was altered in SolidWorks to simplify and improve it before machining began. This project required knowledge of mechanical design and fabrication, electronics and circuit de- sign, and programming, in order to follow along with the open-source project’s documentation and make improvements to the original design. The project obstacles provided a challenging, on-the-job learning experience, particularly in the realm of electronics and circuits, as well as in project management. The build process and troubleshooting of the printer is documented in detail, and ideas for future design changes are discussed. The printer project required too much time to In a parallel effort to the build, experimentation with different recipes for powder and binder was performed. Data on the performance of powder and binder combinations was collected and summarized, and comparisons were made between the different recipes.