Curved Layer Fused Filament Fabrication using automated toolpath generation

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Abstract

An automated method for the generation of curved layer toolpaths is demonstrated to produce 3D printed components with improved aesthetic and structural properties using fused filament fabrication printing. Three case studies are shown, which demonstrate the ability of the G-code generating algorithm to resolve concave and convex structures. The combination of conventionally printed layers and curved layers within a single print is also demonstrated by producing double skin curved layer sandwich structures with static z printed cores. Clear improvements in the surface finish of printed components using curved layer fused filament fabrication are shown visually.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-243
Number of pages8
Journal3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Volume3
Issue number4
Early online date1 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • software
  • multi-material printing

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