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Kyle DeRoche[edit | edit source]

Hello, my name is Kyle DeRoche. I am currently wrapping up my second year at Michigan Technological University, perusing major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor Spanish. I love problem solving, structural analysis and mathematics.

Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Hands-on lab work
  • Open Source
  • Problem solving
  • Structural Analysis
  • Skiing

Experience[edit | edit source]

  • Reverse Engineering with Power Tools
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • AMESim Simulation
  • Part Manufacture with lathes

Enterprise[edit | edit source]

This semester, I worked on the the Recyclebot V5.1 project with Colton Nelson, Dylan Mercier and Matthew Lekity. I focused my work on the mechanical aspects of the cold end of the machine. One of our main goals was to re-engineer and improve the work done previously on the Recyclebot V5. This was more of a challenge due to the lack of documentation and records kept on the older model. It was concluded that the machine would be significantly more efficient whilst equipped with more automated capabilities. The Recyclebot V5 consisted of many pulleys and other systems designed to extrude, bend and spool filament. It was brought to our attention that some of these pulleys could be replaced with a more automatic-friendly design. This allows for the ability to start the machine, and extrude filament without the need of human supervision. Due to the circumstances with COVID-19 and the stay at home order, our team was unable to complete this project. However, everything that could be done virtually was done as appropriate. During the quarantine, I worked in CAD to develop parts for the cold end of the Recyclebot V5.1. Parts and assemblies are shown below.

This is the casing for the stepper motor that spools the filament on the cold end of the Recyclebot V5.1. Unlike the V5, this casing does not involve a pulley system inside, but simply a place to elevate the stepper motor to the height of the spool collecting extruded filament.
This is the assembly of the mechanical portion contraption that organizes the filament as it enters the cold end of the Recyclebot V5.1. This is done by repeatedly moving the filament from left to right, allowing for it to be nicely spooled to avoid tangling or disorderly results.
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