Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Technology Management-Engineering Technology

Department

Engineering Technologies

First Advisor

Dr. Sudershan Jetley

Second Advisor

Dr. Todd C Waggoner

Abstract

Part accuracy is one of the important aspect in the manufacturing industry. The overall inaccuracy of the parts being built by RP technology has been one of the major challenges that need to be overcome. Though all the printing materials come with specifications, but the suppliers and manufactures does not specify the accuracy of the materials. In this study we established a study which compares the accuracy of the materials in consideration and performed an experiment to establish the superiority of a material in terms of accuracy over each other. The purpose of this project was to compare the dimensional accuracy of 3D printed parts of Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) when compared with dimensions of the CAD models from which these parts are printed. The parts were printed using the Rapid Prototyping machine Creator Pro Dual Extension built by Flashforge.