ACCIS CDT student breaks new ground with 3D printing technique
20 January 2016
A research team in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) has developed a new type of 3D printing that can print composite materials which are used in many high performance products such as tennis rackets, golf clubs and aeroplanes.
Tom Llewellyn-Jones, a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT), working with Dr Richard Trask from ACCIS and Professor Bruce Drinkwater from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has demonstrated a novel method in which ultrasonic waves are used to carefully position millions of tiny reinforcement fibres as part of the 3D printing process. The fibres are formed into a microscopic reinforcement framework that gives the material strength. This microstructure is then set in place using a focused laser beam, which locally cures the epoxy resin and then prints the object.
This technology will soon enable a much greater range of things to be 3D printed at home and at low-cost.
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