Using a PRP robot manipulator for 3d printer print bed replacement

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Ashesi University, within the past few years of starting its Engineering programme has deemed it a necessity to have 3d printers available to students to encourage rapid prototyping and testing. However, these 3d printers are not explored to their maximum capabilities due to lab hour restrictions. In this paper, a constructive mechatronic process is undertaken to design the best solution for students to used the 3d printer as often as possible regardless of lab hour restrictions. A PRP robot manipulator, after a series of design iterations is designed and a suitable controller is selected for the manipulator to function efficiently. The PRP manipulator design was solely based on simulations using the appropriate software for each section of the design process. Based on the results from the controllers, the PID controller was the most suitable controller for the the PRP manipulator as it met the user requirements.
Capstone Project submitted to the Department of Engineering, Ashesi University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, May 2021
Abbey, S. S. J., & Armah, D. S. K. (2021.). Using a PRP robot manipulator for 3d printer print bed replacement Capstone Project. 55pgs.