Independent Heated Bed
The original machine printer does not have a heated bed. It could be useful to create and independent heated bed that could be attached to the printer. Instead of running the bed through the printer as a whole, the bed temperature could be controlled with an outside dial and power source.
This one is a bit of a tough one. The first goal is to simply test the paste extruder using a gantry. We were given permission to test it using the extra printer from the Veinot Lab. If the filament extruder proves to be successful, then there would be a follow up to install it permanently to a gantry.
Save our stools from thieves! Help set up system that allows us to put out stools without them being stolen. RFID was a potential starting point, but maybe Bluetooth? Something. Anything! Help students get keep their chairs!
Acquired skills: learn about sensors, electronics knowledge, and design knowledge.
Stool Height Alteration
Do you hate that all the stools in The Shack are the same ultra-high height? Us too. Use a pipe cutter and a few other tricks to make the stools keep us at a more reasonable altitude.
Acquired skills: experience with hand tools and being everyone’s hero.
Instead of throwing out small ends of filament, create a hot end press that will join plastic filament ends. Talk to Danielle in The Shack about ideas and processes.
Acquired skills: design, potentially milling, heating metal with an electrical current.
Create a prototype for a self-leveling bed for a 3D printer. This should include a sensor that detects the distance from the nozzle to the bed and adjusts screws below the bed using a motor system, which would level everything out.
Unwarpable Printer Bed
Create a prototype for a 3D printer bed that is made to be extremely flat without being warped by continued heating and cooling.