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Derek Goss

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Engineering (Robotics)

Collapsible, Large Scale 3D Printer

Mentor: Dhruv Bhate
KEEN: Spring 2019

Medical professionals and relief workers around the world are faced with new and complex challenges regarding their patients’ health. Additive Manufacturing has the capability to assist with many of these challenges by allowing for more complex medical devices and tools to be created. However, machines capable of such tasks are often too large and cumbersome to be shipped or even stored overseas. The goal of this project was to create a folding, large scale 3d printer, capable of creating devices at any scale. Being able to reduce the size of the printer for both shipping and storage while not sacrificing print volume means these individuals can help an increasing number of patients with increasing complexity of ailments.

Other Projects

Additive Manufacturing for the Validation of Biomimetic Design Principles: The Structural Mechanics of Insect Nests

Mentor: Dhruv Bhate
FURI: Spring 2019

This research is attempting to prove that a comparative study of different insect nests can yield design principles leading to breakthrough reductions in the weight of engineering honeycombs as well as advances toward key mechanical properties. Researchers will be collecting natural specimens and using optical inspection equipment to measure geometric characteristics. Once geometric characteristics have been cataloged, parallels will be drawn to known mechanical properties that the insect nests undergo. Once these parallels have been drawn, CAD models must be created, printed via additive manufacturing and undergo mechanical testing to validate these claims.

Additive Manufacturing for the Validation of Biomimetic Design Principles: The Structural Mechanics of Insect Nests

Mentor: Dhruv Bhate
FURI: Fall 2018

This research is attempting to prove that a comparative study of insect nests (geometry, materials of construction and environmental conditions experienced) can yield design principles leading to breakthrough reductions in the weight of engineering honeycombs as well as advances towards key mechanical properties. Researchers will be collecting natural specimens and using optical inspection equipment to measure geometric characteristics. Once geometric characteristics have been cataloged, parallels will be drawn to known mechanical properties that the insect nests undergo. Once these parallels have been drawn; cad models must be created, printed via additive manufacturing, and undergo mechanical testing to validate these claims.