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3D Printer: Polymer-Metal Component Manufacturing

Save time, energy, and money by utilizing a multi-polymer head system for multi-component manufacturing.

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3D Printer: Polymer-Metal Component Manufacturing

Things used in this project

Hardware components

NEMA 17 Stepper Motor
OpenBuilds NEMA 17 Stepper Motor
A4988 Pololu Driver
Arduino 250 Mega
Custom I/O Board
12 V Power Supply
36 V Power Supply
End Stop Solenoid Limit Switches


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Custom parts and enclosures

Metal polymer composite Gigabot printed/structural components

Metal-polymer composite Gigabot mechanical bill of materials.


Assembled two RAMPS 1.4 with custom I/O PCB per the KiCAD-PcbNew specification

Secondary I/O PCB schematic developed in KiCAD-PcBNew.

Electromechanical process map of the metal-polymer composite Gigabot

This diagram
represents a qualitative understanding of the primary connection points between operational
mechanisms and electronic controllers. Extruder motors: A, E0, E1, E2, E3. Directional motors:
X, Y0, Y1, Z0, Z1. Solenoid end stops: XS, Y0S, Y1S, Z0S, Z1S. Thermistors: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5. Heater
cartridges: H1, H2, H3, H4, H5




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