428337 An Undergraduate Research Project Using 3D Printing

Wednesday, November 11, 2015: 1:20 PM
Alpine West (Hilton Salt Lake City Center)
Tamara Floyd-Smith1, Alisha White2 and Julaunica Tigner2, (1)Chemical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, (2)Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

This work describes the incorporation of 3D printing into an undergraduate research project which was part of a larger research project focused on glucose sensing using a Carbon NanoFiber (CNF) sensor. The sensor and peripheral components had been developed, but there was still a need to stabilize the sensor components within an enclosure to complete the platform. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing were investigated to solve the problem of stabilizing the sensor components. First, a schematic of the support structure was prepared using AutoCad software, a tool for computer aided design. Next, the schematic was used as input to print a support structure directly from a 3D printer. The final structure was evaluated in comparison to polyurethane foam, a common support material.  Based on data collected, the 3D-printed support structure was more aesthetically pleasing and provided better shock support.  Additionally, the positive educational outcomes of the project, which included a high level of engagement by the student and placing in a regional undergraduate poster competition, suggest that 3D printing can be effectively integrated into the chemical engineering discipline through undergraduate research projects.

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