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PPI Engineering

Disassemble, inspect and reassemble a 3D printer

3D Printer Rebuild

PPI Engineering designs and manufactures electrical rotating equipment for use in motors, generators and the renewable sector. We are pioneering the use of 3D printing to produce specialised components which we have designed, which nobody else in the industry has done at before.

For this project, you will work with the design office manager to strip down our 3D printer. You will then inspect all of the parts to see if there is any damage or wear. Based on your findings, you will decide if any parts need to be replaced or, if necessary, upgraded and produce a costing for the upgrade works. Finally, you will install all of the new parts and print an example part.

Through surveys or interviews, you will see how the team at PPI has used or plan to use their 3D printer. Based on these results, you will assess the frequency and demands on the 3D printer. You will present your findings in a report detailing how you rebuilt the 3D printer and how PPI Engineering plan to use it in their business.


Key skills and interests

  • Innovation
  • CAD systems
  • 3D printing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Strong communication


Host company information

Experts in the design, supply and support of electrical rotating equipment. We operate in all area’s including and not limited to, Offshore, Tidal power generation, manufacturing facilities and many more.

We design bespoke electrical motors and generators as well as reverse engineering any obsolete equipment. Every project has its challenges and is different so it make for a really interesting work environment.

Address: 44 Rose Lane, Norwich, NR1 1PN
Key Contact: Paul Ward

Visit PPI’s website to find out more about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD Crest award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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