Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


The purpose of this MQP was to research, design, construct and test the platform components of a large scale 3D printer for use by the students and faculty of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The MQP studied the current state of 3D printing on the WPI campus and designed a printer that addressed several limitations of the available printers at WPI. Key goals of the project were to create a printer that was larger than any other on campus, with the ability to produce multiple parts simultaneously, and to produce parts with multiple colors without having to manually switch filament rolls. This team worked with two others to develop the necessary subsystems and assemble the printer. It satisfies all of the key goals and significantly expands the capabilities of WPI’s 3D printing facilities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering