CE432 Robotics II
HW4: 3D Printing Tutorial
Name: Audra Benally
1. Title: 3D Printing Tutorial
2. Introduction: For this homework assignment I followed a tutorial
to print a component that we will be using for our balancing robot car.
I created the simple part in SolidWorks and then used another program
called Ultimaker Cura to create files that the 3D printer could read.
Then a SD card was used to give the 3D printer instructions on how to
print my part.
3. Materials and Methods:
- SolidWorks Software
- SD card
- Ultimaker Cura Software
- Tutorial References
- 3D Printer
Download appropriate software
from the skysoft site. Use Noah's tutorial to brush up on SolidWorks
and design the part needed for the self-balancing robot. Transfer the
files to Ultimaker Cura program and rotate it for a solid base. Slice
the component and place G code files on an SD card. Clean and cover
corner surface with stick glue. Mount SD card and start the 3D printer.
Figure 1. 3D printer in progress.
Figure 2. Printed piece.
In this lab, I printed my first 3D object! I was a little rusty with
SolidWorks but I was able to get the tutorial done with very little
issues. The 3D printer was labeled with the information I needed for
the Ultimaker Cura program. I got worried when the 3D printer said it
would take 2 days but I think that was an estimation for the leftover filament. I had
never 3D printed anything before so I was really excited to watch the
nozzle criss-cross its way around the part I made in SolidWorks. The
process took around 30 minutes and turned out as designed and expected.