Production of Additive Manufacturing Device (3D) filament using Plastic and Kudzu plant
Students in the STEAM and Physics classes will focus on designing and constructing a home built, inexpensive and portable 3D filament extruder. The main purpose of this extruded will be to convert Plastic or combination of Plastic and Extract of Kudzu plant into a filament that can be used to build objects using a Additive Manufacturing Device. During the building period, students will be concentrating on aspects of team work, fundamental concepts in math, science and engineering discipline that blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and cross cutting concepts. The students involved in this project, will collect data in each stage of their project. They will be doing reseaech on the plastic waste and kudzu plant and how it is effecting our region. They will underetake a preliminary investigation on the exact combination of the mixture to produce a viable filament that can be used for building objects using 3D printer. Students will do research on finding methods to build a home build extruder . This research will help them to build an efficient system with maximum efficiency. Groups will be divided in a manner to concentrate on the components that deals with mechanical, electronic and chemical components of the project. Collection of data will involve extract ratio of the mixture, speed of the motor to rotate the shaft, temperature of the extruder and relevant data for the project to be successful. Completion of this project will enable our student body to use this instrument to extract 3D filament from plastic pellets or combination of plastic and extract of Kudzu plant.