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Saturday, May 6 • 11:15am - 11:30am
Prototyping Automation of Power Tool Based Operations and Quadcopters Using 3D Printing LIMITED

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Presenters/Researchers: Corin Smith and Matthew Morninstar
Mentor: Sundaram Thirukkurungudi

As an application of 3D printing technology to the construction industry, a semi-autonomous drilling tool was designed as a proof of concept to help reduce the use of human labor in dangerous construction environments. The drilling tool, composed of custom, 3D-printed PLA components, was built to traverse along the length of an I-beam and drill at any given 2D point along the beam using a second, stepper motor powered axis of movement. The tool was 3D printed in 8 separate pieces designed with Autodesk Fusion 360 and assembled along with the drill, wheels, motors, Arduino microcontroller, and electronics necessary to coordinate the system. This tool was able to successfully move along a testing I-beam (wooden) and drill at preprogrammed points.

This design is now being adapted to a quadcopter mounted system. The frame of the quadcopter is also custom designed using Autodesk Fusion 360 and being constructed by 3D printing in PLA. Several components of the tool are being redesigned to reduce weight, and the new flight components (ESCs, rotors, flight batteries, etc.) will be added to the design. This allows the entire tool to fly using four rotors, land on an I-beam, and carry out the drilling process. The tool can then take off and land on a separate I-beam to continue its task.
This would serve as a prototype for a larger-scale, real life application of drone technology in the construction field.

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Corin Smith

Presenter, Loudoun Academy of Science,Loudoun Academy of Science
Corin is a senior at the Loudoun Academy of Science, a four- year magnet school in Loudoun County, VA, and was part of an international collaboration project with Hwa Chong Institute in Singapore. She will be attending Purdue University in the fall as an undergraduate in mechanical... Read More →
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Sundaram Thirukkurungudi

LCPS Academy of Science
A K-12 STEM teacher with 37 years of cumulative experience in education, training, and research in three different countries. An experimental and Theoretical Physicist by training but found his niche in the field of education which gives opportunities to excite young minds with the... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:15am - 11:30am EDT
Ballroom D
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