College

College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2022-05-04 16:52:38

Major

Computer Engineering

Honors Course

4450:309/401/402

Number of Credits

7

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022

Abstract

3D printing is a fast-growing market with its main source of waste being PLA and ABS plastics. In 2019, the global additive manufacturing market grew to over $10.4 billion, crossing the pivotal double-digit billion threshold for the first time in its nearly 40-year history. (SmarTech Analysis, 2020 Additive Manufacturing Market Outlook and Summary of Opportunities Report). The waste is generated from failed prints and rejected support structures which are common occurrences for personal use. Plastic recycling has become one of the leading discussions of environmental protection and waste management. The 3D market currently does not offer an effective and affordable solution for handling the waste generated. To help bring awareness to this need, companies such as Print Your Mind 3D has offered challenges to hobbyists and corporations to solve this problem. Due to the continuing growth of the additive manufacturing market, and the constant attention on plastics and how they harm the environment, a solution must be found to reduce or eliminate the waste stream of 3D printing. (GB)

Research Sponsor

Gregory A Lewis

First Reader

Dr. Robert J. Veillette

Second Reader

Dr. Shivakumar Sastry

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Robert J. Veillette

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