Academic Background[edit | edit source]
Alex Lamey is an avid maker, a 3D printer enthusiast, and a student at the University of Western Ontario. Currently pursuing a BESc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering. Despite having no prior experience, self taught the operation, repair, and upgrading of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) machines in spare time, demonstrating self motivation and dedication to learning. Spent the last 5 years learning how to diagnose problems, make improvements, and finish produced parts on operating FFF machines. Dedicates spare time to working for the Student Relief Team as a 3D Printing Director, organizing the production and shipping of philanthropic donations.
Research interests[edit | edit source]
- Decreased costs associated with the Additive Manufacturing of metal, alloys, and composites.
- 3D printing hybrid materials to improve material properties of resulting prints.
- Automation of Additive Manufacturing processes.
- Creation of new forms of Additive Manufacturing, namely Inductive Additive Manufacturing (IAM) to produce reproducible low cost metal 3D printing.
Community Involvement[edit | edit source]
President of 3DW[edit | edit source]
Currently the President of 3DW, the University of Western Ontario's 3D Printing Club. Leads and coordinates a passionate team of students to research and develop 3D printers. Current projects include the construction of the Mustang, a cartesian fused filament fabrication (FFF) printer, and Project Anvil, an inverted delta metal Inductive Additive Manufacturing (IAM) 3D printer. Organizes the development of 3D printers through spreadsheets, weekly meetings, and subsystem teams.
Printer construction is organized into three subsystem teams: Frame, Design, and Electrical with B.Sc. Candidate Anjutha Selvaraj acting as the Vice President of Academics overseeing the production of The Mustang and Project Anvil.
Student Relief Team[edit | edit source]
As a 3D Printing Director for the SRT, organized and cataloged donations of 3D printed PPE for various hospitals, essential businesses, and Ontario based institutions. Over the course of 2021, spent 350 hours manufacturing mask straps for nurses, doctors, and hospital staff and Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. Organizes the distribution of 3D printing filament to other SRT (Student Relief Team) volunteers to expedite the philanthropic process.
Projects[edit | edit source]
The Mustang[edit | edit source]
Mustang Assembly as of January 24, 2022
Mustang Assembly as of November 2021
Mustang Top Corner Cover V3
The Mustang is an modern 3D printer produced by members of 3DW, Western's 3D Printing Club. The basis of the project is to give novice makers and 3D printers a chance to see the rapid-prototyping process that additive manufacturing enables. Parts have been designed through the use of available student software, namely AutoCAD and Solidworks.
Upon completion of the Mustang, the printer will be used in collaboration with clubs on campus, producing items for Professors on the University of Western Ontario Campus, and to run charity workshops with the London Boys and Girls club to introduce grade 5 students to 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing at a young age.
Project Anvil[edit | edit source]
Project Anvil is a student-built inverted delta metal 3D Printer that is constructed based on the open source designs created by Dr. Joshua Pearce. The printer construction will be split into three subsystem teams that will work together to create a machine capable of producing complex geometry using a induction heater. Spools of low diameter, high electrical resistivity wire is passed through the inductor to be rapidly heated, and is then deposited on the aluminum build plate. Project is still in the early stages, and is undergoing ideation and testing.
Collaborators[edit | edit source]
|Dr. Joshua Pearce
|David Said Celic