This machine was made by my UVic MECH 350 group and myself to help the UVic Mechanical Engineering Department reduce waste produced by the use of 3D printers. Often the ends of filament spools are discarded as they are too short for most print jobs. By joining small ends of spools together we hope to reduce this waste and make the filament usable again.
The project was proposed by our professor for our design class and we had 3 months to fully design, manufacture, and assemble this machine. This taught us practical design and project management experience as well as giving us more time in the machine shop refining skills on CNC mills, lathes, and other metal working machines as well as getting to learn how to use laser cutting and 3D printing technologies. This project also gave us more electronics and programming experience as it required a large amount of wiring and coding of the Arduino for control.
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