College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-14 04:45:20


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The goal of this project is to study the performance of a 3D printed mechanical part subjected to topology optimization. A part that is somewhat complex in its load bearing and geometry will be selected. That part will then be designed, finite element analysis will be performed on it to optimize its topology, and then it will be 3D printed and tested. The goal of topology optimization is to either save material cost and/or part weight due to the ability of 3D printing to manufacture parts with complex and obscure geometry.

Research Sponsor

Jae-Won Choi

First Reader

Alper Buldum

Second Reader

Gopal Nadkarni

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer

WHC-HRP_Final_Signature_Page_MMO.pdf (98 kB)
Final Submission Signature Page



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