Shell Shock

Additively manufactured support for Printed Circuit Boards sustaining high impact


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Membership level
2015-2016 Team
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Team Name
Shell Shock
Project Title
Additively manufactured support for Printed Circuit Boards sustaining high impact
Design Challenge
We aim to develop a method using additive manufacturing, namely 3D printing, to create supports that increase the stiffness or improve the resistance to shock loading of PCBs in high-impact situations. Shock loading is currently handled by using encapsulants, resins that harden over the boards to increase the stiffness. However, if thermal loads or thermal cycling is present, the encapsulants introduce large amounts of thermal stress. Our goal is to develop a repeatable, customizable method that protects the board from impact and vibration without subjecting it to thermal stresses.
Date Updated
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Air Force Research Lab
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  • Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Dr. Andrew Dick
Faculty Advisor 1 - Department
  • MECH

Team Members

Award(s) and Recognition
Best Aerospace or Transportation Technology, 2016 George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Poster Competition
Most Investable, 2015 Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition
Accepted to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Regional Competition
Rapid Prototyping Tools Used
  • Dimension 3D printer
  • NI Hardware
  • Reflow Oven
  • Soldering Station
  • Hand Tools
  • Machine Shop- Mill
  • Machine Shop Lathe
  • Machine Shop Band Saw
  • Machine Shop Drill Press
Facilities Used
  • Conference Rooms
  • Computer Lab or Computer Nook
  • Specialty Software
  • Printers/ Copiers
  • Wet Lab
  • Electronics Lab or Tools from Electronics Lab
Electronic Tools Used
  • NI DAQ
  • Professionally Custom made PCB
  • Prefabricated PCB (eg evaluation modules, LaunchPAd
Software Used
  • Solid Works
  • NI Labview
  • Matlab
  • Eagle
This project was supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory through grant number FA8651-13-2-0003. The design work for this project was supported by the resources of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.

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