Development of a 3D printer optimized for rapid prototyping with continuous fiber fabrication technology

Development of a 3D printer optimized for rapid prototyping with continuous fiber fabrication technology

Matteo Benvenuto, Enrico Lertora, Chiara Mandolfino, Luigi Benvenuto, Alberto Parmiggiani, Mirko Prato, Marco Pizzorni

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Abstract. In the industrial field, Additive Manufacturing is a production concept that is increasingly gaining ground. The secret of its success lies in its definition: being able to produce an object by the progressive deposition of material instead of its removal as for the traditional machining. In this way, problems such as waste quantities, complex geometries and machining changes are greatly reduced, making these processes particularly useful and effective for rapid prototyping and the production of small series of objects. This experimental work examines the changes made to a 3D printer initially set up for the use of polymeric materials with Fused Deposition Modelling technology. Going into more detail, this machine was modified in a manner that would make it compatible with the introduction of polymer filaments reinforced with continuous carbon fiber according to the main principles of Continuous Fiber Fabrication technology. The changes made also involved electronics and informatics so that the printer could be easily operated through the platform.

Additive Manufacturing, Material Extrusion, Composites

Published online 9/5/2023, 10 pages
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Citation: Matteo Benvenuto, Enrico Lertora, Chiara Mandolfino, Luigi Benvenuto, Alberto Parmiggiani, Mirko Prato, Marco Pizzorni, Development of a 3D printer optimized for rapid prototyping with continuous fiber fabrication technology, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 35, pp 163-172, 2023


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