University of Twente Student Theses


Designing an accessible workflow for Rapid Prototyping on a homemade 3-axis CNC machine

Elfaramawy, Ibrahim (2017) Designing an accessible workflow for Rapid Prototyping on a homemade 3-axis CNC machine.

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Abstract:This thesis gives insights into the capabilities of using a CNC machine for rapid prototyping as well as improving the accessibility of these capabilities for the users of the client. The software needed to design and manufacture parts has been selected according to the clients needs which are focussed on ease of use and safety. This resulted in the selection of Autodesk’s Fusion 360 as the designated software. Next to the software the hardware which consists of a home-made CNC machine has been adapted to fit the same needs as the software, this resulted in an enclosure around the machine for safety and the implementation of additional safety mechanisms. To gain insight into the capabilities multiple experiments were executed and these resulted in the workflow presented in the result which ended up being a website with all the necessary information to start using the machine and the software. This website ( has been proven to increase accessibility and ease of use by the lead user interviews and expert opinion.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 50 technical science in general, 53 electrotechnology, 54 computer science, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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