This project involved the redesign of a two decade old single screw plastic extruder. Diagnostics and troubleshooting revealed a malfunction in the motor controller resulting in motor failure. The specifications for a new motor controller were developed that can make the machine fully operational. Design and construction of a cooling system was also needed to maintain the structure of the extruded molten plastic as it exits the die.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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