Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

First Advisor

Bahram Nassersharif

Second Advisor

Alex Desilets


MagSeal has presented the MagSeal Magneton's with the responsibility of designing and producing a fully functional system that will qualify the parallelism measurement of workpieces of varying diameters. The main function of the device is to accurately measure height variances down to .00001" which will correlate to specifications that will indicate to the worker weather a workpiece is a pass or fail. This assignment requires thorough research of existing technologies and capabilities to design a system that will exceed MagSeals expectations. Through the engineering design process, the MagSeal Magnetons will provide a detailed financial analysis, 3-Dimensional (3D) Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) models with 2-Dimensional (2D) drawings outlining critical dimensions alongside with motion studies, and a fully functional 3D printed prototype. The ultimate result is to have a fully functional system in place on the MagSeal manufacturing floor.

In the Fall of 2016, the MagSeal Magnetons initially prototyped a shell made of Polylactic Acid (PLA) that will slip on to any 18"x24" Granite Surface Plate (GSP). The initial idea came about when the MagSeal Magnetons had thought of cellular devices and cases for them. Along with the shell, the notion of a non-contact laser displacement sensor also sprouted and the MagSeal Magnetons had established an adequate analysis methodology. Following these solution routes, an extensive financial analysis to make sure the solution would be a financially viable one. 3D simulations of components and 2D drawings outlining critical dimensions. Ending the Fall semester, the initial prototype has been developed and ready for testing and fine tuning come Spring semester. During the Spring of 2017, the MagSeal Magneton's had began building the conceived device and while 3D printing the team will also begin and further re ne the rotational system coding. By April 2017, the team had just finished printing all parts and began testing, a little behind scheduled due to printing complications. The complications we mainly with the resolution and sizing of the printed parts, and one approach the team had taken was to resize the parts allowing for shorter job times and less risk of the prints being ruined due to the printing margins.


Sponsor: Magseal

Sponsor Representatives: Jeff Colby, Sean Pothier, Brian Dorchik