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Design of a prototype machine for 3D printing with continious fibre reinforcement

Rietema, M.J. (2015) Design of a prototype machine for 3D printing with continious fibre reinforcement.

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Abstract:Continuous fibre deposition techniques are used in high tech industries to create very light and stiff structures like for example airplane hulls. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a 3D printing process that uses thermoplastics materials to create smaller but more complex shapes. In this study a machine and process are defined that combine the forming freedom of the FDM process with the strength to weight ratio of composite products. An existing open source FDM printer has been adapted with a new printing head, optimized to handle the new feed material. Finally this new setup required a dedicated cutting mechanism, typically not found in standard FDM processes. Mechanical test samples were printed and evaluated to discover insights between machine design, process parameters and mechanical properties of the printed composites
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Mechanical Engineering MSc (60439)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71622
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