UT Dallas Students’ Innovative Approach to Recycling 3D-Printed Waste

A team of senior mechanical engineering students from The University of Texas at Dallas were honored at the 2022 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) national Student Manufacturing Design Competition at Purdue University.

Their small-scale device for recycling 3D-printed material earned them a prestigious second-place win, marking the eighth consecutive year that a UTDesign team has been recognized at the annual event.

Led by Micah Eckstein and joined by Jeremy Bennett, Aaron Foreman, Kavish Srivastav, and Nathaniel Fritsch, the UTDesign team showcased their engineering skills in developing their device.

Real-world engineering and valuable skills

Created for UTDesign Capstone sponsor UT Southwestern Medical Center, the device provides a solution for waste generated by 3D-printing processes. The student’s innovation paves the way for more sustainable practices in additive manufacturing.

The UTDesign capstone offers students an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience through an industry-academic partnership with the university.

Eckstein emphasized the importance of the program: “It gave us a good chance to apply all the theoretical things we had learned in our courses and gave us a glimpse of what real-world engineering looks like.”

The UTDesign project not only provided the students with practical skills but also served as an internship in its own right, preparing them for future careers in the field.

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