Production of multiple material parts using a desktop 3D printer

Butt, Javaid and Mebrahtu, Habtom and Shirvani, Hassan (2017) Production of multiple material parts using a desktop 3D printer. In: 15th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2017), incorporating the 32nd National Conference on Manufacturing Research (NCMR), 5-7 September 2017, University of Greenwich, UK.

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3D printing has amassed immense popularity over the years and the advent of low-cost desktop 3D printers is believed to have the potential to fundamentally change the manufacturing industry. In this paper, a method for the production of multiple material parts has been presented by incorporating a dry powder dispensing device to a 3D desktop printer called Mendel. The working mechanism of the 3D printer's extruder and the powder dispenser as a singular cohesive unit has been demonstrated. The paper shows how the device, dispensing solder powder, can be controlled using the SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) protocol of the Arduino Uno along with the establishment of communication between the printer and the device using the ICSP (In-Chip Serial Programming) port. This addition to the low cost desktop 3D printers can offer a new paradigm in the area of 3D printing with the possibility of producing prototypes from different materials.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: 3D printer
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 15:07

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