Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Shao Wang


The group was tasked with designing a 3D printed glider. The scope of this assignment is to someday use the developed glider design and equip it with electronics and controls to deliver medical materials to remote areas in drone-like fashion. The glider was to be designed so that it could be printed using a lower-end, compact, and relatively portable 3D printer for optimal field efficiency. For this reason, the makerbot 3D printer was selected. The compact base plate of the makerbot printer left the team with strict size limitations, so the glider was printed in a series of nine parts using polylactic acid (PLA) filament. Two different prototypes were designed and manufactured. Each prototype is composed of PLA, with wings wrapped in packaging tape. Gorilla Glue was used to bond mating parts during the assembly process. The glider was designed using solidworks. Finite element analysis was performed using ANSYS software. Testing of the glider was composed at Infocision Stadium in Akron, OH.