Multi-nozzle extrusion system for 3D printer and its control mechanism

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Abstract

Three-dimensional printing or additive manufacturing is a process of producing three-dimensional solid objects from a software design. Color and material limitations for simultaneous usage and relatively low printing speeds are the major problems of fused filament fabrication (FFF). In this study, an extrusion model with five nozzles is proposed to address the current deficiencies. The proposed extrusion model enables printing with five different colors and materials simultaneously without stopping the operational process while switching the filaments. The major advantage of the proposed model is that the tailor-made lightweight hot-end extruder is driven by only two motors. The proposed extrusion model provides a novel technique for 3D printing with multi-colors and multi-materials. Finally, it compares the performance with other existing models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 30 2015

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3D printers
Extrusion
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Extruders
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Fabrication

Keywords

  • 3D printer
  • Extruder
  • Fused filament fabrication nozzle
  • Multi-colors
  • Multi-materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering

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