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Thanks to grants from the USF engineering department and other research scholarships, I was able to design, code and fabricate this ceramic extrusion polar 3-D printer, which stands 9 feet tall with a  clay capacity of 80 lbs and a print build of 31 cubic inches. Unlike the most common found printers, such as Delta or Cartesian styles, it uses polar coordinates to determine the positioning, meaning the circular base rotates to define the Y-coordinate and the extruder only moves in the X and Z direction. The purpose of this decision was to further mimic traditional ceramic practices such as pottery wheels or turntables, while also exploiting the materials capabilities of uniform drying.

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