Faculty Advisor

Putnam, Craig B.


Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing is an increasing more prevalent way of fast-paced manufacturing and design. FDM allows manufacturers a low cost, iterative manufacturing for rapid prototyping and design of parts. This process is limited in terms of the size of printed parts, the printer durability, and the variety, strength and other properties of the printing materials used. The main objective was to design and build a FDM printer comprised of industrial-grade components that overcame the downfalls of FDM in a industrial setting. Despite multiple design setbacks, spatial constraints, and difficulties obtaining required materials, the end product was an industrial FDM system with the ability to print a large size prototype and other end-use parts for our sponsor, AGR Bodine Co.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018


Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science