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LURA Recipient 2020

Join with us in congratulating NDSU Libraries Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) 2020 recipient, Martin Eichers! This award recognizes excellence in the use of library resources in completing an undergraduate research project. Martin's project focuses on DDGS based 3D printing.

Martin is a senior at NDSU studying mechanical engineering with minors in coatings and polymeric materials, and chemistry. His favorite fields of study include material science, biobased polymers, and 3D printing. At NDSU, he is the president of the 3D printing club, Project P. He states, "This position has allowed me to expand my knowledge in 3D printing technology and management, and cultivate interest in new students who want to explore the technology." Following graduation in December 2020, he plans to pursue a position where he can apply his passion for mechanical engineering, material science, or 3D printing. He plans to keep growing his knowledge in all these areas, as he continues to research each field.

Project Abstract:
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a rapidly evolving technology with applications in many different industries. The market for 3D printing material, filament, is expected to grow to $4.4 billion by 2023. This undergraduate research project explores the development of new biobased 3D printing filaments composed of Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS), polylactic acid (PLA), and plasticizers. Successfully developing a DDGS-PLA filament could generate $325 million in revenue for North Dakota. See details on the NDSU Repository here.

Martin encourages students doing research to capitalize on the Libraries' access to academic articles and journals. They can provide a great foundation for student research, and provide crucial information that can be used throughout. Students who are interested in manufacturing 3D printed parts can explore the Libraries' Digital Fabrication Lab, a student workspace that provides access and training to not only 3D printers, but many other tools such as CNC desktop milling machines, a laser cutter, and hand tools.

For undergraduate students who may be interested in this award opportunity, please visit the LURA page for additional information. We congratulate Martin and look forward to his future successes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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