MotoMaker: A robot FDM platform for multi-plane and 3D lattice structure printing

Ismayuzri, Ishak and Larochelle, Pierre (2019) MotoMaker: A robot FDM platform for multi-plane and 3D lattice structure printing. Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, 47 (6). pp. 703-720. ISSN 1539-7734. (Published)

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Additive manufacturing is a process to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) objects usually by joining a material layer by layer. The layer by layer joining process simplifies the fabrication method by slicing the 3D object into stacks of 2D contours. The layers are combined in a single build direction to form the 3D object. In this research, a six degrees of freedom robot arm is integrated with a fused deposition modeling system for multi-plane and 3D lattice structure printing applications. The integration processes in developing the platform are discussed including the robot arm platform, extruder system, software architecture, toolpath generation, 3D lattice generator, and extruder calibration. Use of the system offers unique advantages over a conventional Cartesian 3D printer platform which is limited to single-plane layering for the printing of 3D objects. Test cases are performed to demonstrate the capability of the robot arm fused deposition modeling platform for multi-plane object printing and 3D lattice structure printing.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Multi-plane FDM, Robot arm 3D printer, 3D lattice structure
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 06:29
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 06:29
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