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MURI Program: Design and development of an Inkjet 3D printer

DUE is home to IEL and the CRL which is administering the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) both in the academic year and the summer, which creates and supports multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior staff and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain research skills by working with mentors on real world problems.

Overview of department:
The Mechanical and Energy Engineering department is aimed at providing high-quality education and research opportunities to the students.

Project summary:
The goal of the project is to develop and improve a new customized 3D inkjet printer that allows to printing of nano and biological materials. Students with mechanical and electrical engineering backgrounds will design and assemble the mechanical and electrical systems of the printer, and synthesize a variety of inks for the printer. Additionally, students with computer science backgrounds will develop virtual reality (VR) modules to model and simulate the printer mechanisms.

Specific tasks that the MURI student will complete: 

  • Design and fabrication of mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Synthesis of inks for the printer.
  • Model and simulation of the printer mechanisms.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the MURI candidate to have:

  1. Engineering design
  2. Electrical circuit
  3. Chemistry
  4. Software engineering

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. Gain interdisciplinary experience with a diverse group of students and mentors.
  2. Hands-on experience of mechanical and electrical design of systems.