Development of a Novel Test Artefact for Conformal Material Extrusion Printing
Additive manufacturing (AM) allows for free complexity. However, the layer-by-layer manufacturing method traditionally relies on a G-code input to the machine, representing 2D planar slices of each layer, which eventually combines to represent the net-shape 3D geometry. Through modification of existing slicer software, thus modifying the G-code input to the machine, non-planar (conformal) shells can be generated on top of a traditional planar scaffolding. The objective of this work is to design a novel test artifact to aid in the creation of design rules and to identify machine limitations for conformal printing. With the use of non conventional design features using trigonometric (sine) surfaces, this test artifact would allow for deeper insights into the print quality of organic shapes made possible using a commercial, low-cost, material extrusion 3D printer. It would also enable the creation of design rules for conformal printing to push forward the true dual-Design for Additive Manufacturing (dual-DfAM) potential.
|Development of a Novel Test Artefact for Conformal Material Extrusion Printing
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|November 30, 2022
|January 25, 2023
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