Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


Our MQP problem was to design a 3D printer that had continuous printing capabilities, whether to create longer parts or to rapidly produce multiple parts. The goal was to create a 3D printer that could achieve these specifications while maintaining a less expensive price point than the current market options. We designed and created our own 3D printed parts where we could so that we could save on money while not sacrificing the performance of the printer. We machined custom parts to accommodate our pipe system used in our conveyor design. We also used a 5:1 planetary-gear stepper motor to ensure that sufficient torque existed for the conveyor system. Our printer is designed to be significantly more economical than market alternatives while providing comparable performances.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering