New developments of short and continuous fibre printing with exceptional mechanical behaviour and unique functionalities

César Stüpp

by Cesar Stupp, Brightlands Materials Center

Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques have been extensively explored in the last decades due to their potential to transform existent production technologies. Fused filament fabrication (FFF) is a very versatile AM technique, although it is widely used for prototyping due to their limited mechanical properties, especially in between layers. To approach this matter, a novel technique was developed in which the strength in between layers was increased in 184%. Also included in the topic are embedded continuous carbon fibers with unique functionalities, used to monitor the structural health of 3D printed parts in real time, decreasing the need for periodical inspections.



What drives you?
The belief that we can develop extremely powerful technologies in a sustainable manner.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Additive manufacturing is one of the most sustainable forms of production. With 3D printing, we explore manufacturing one step ahead, adding unique functionalities to this very promising and environmentally friendly way of developing new ideas.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
All technologies that are in line with current needs. The most special one is the need for a healthy environment and therefore, circular technologies and the ones that are able to reduce, reuse and recycle are always going to be on top, especially on the long run.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
A considerable decrease not only in the amount of waste produced, but also in the overall amount of waste.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The urge of the majority: power and profit.

“Special quote”
Additive manufacturing not only can reduce dramatically the amount of produced material, energy and waste, it is also a very powerful tool in which beyond all advantages, sustainability is key.

About Cesar Stupp

Mr. César Stüpp has a Materials Science and Engineering background. Soon after bachelor, he started a Master degree, working on the development of a novel biodegradable hydroxyapatite reinforced magnesium composite. Later on, he started a Professional Doctorate in Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. During this period, the final assignment resulted in enhancing significantly the overall properties of fused filament fabrication (FFF) printed parts, reducing its anisotropy. To continue working on the development of FFF and help bringing this technology to all applicable areas, he works now as a scientist in the additive manufacturing group in Brightlands Materials Center.

About Brightlands Materials Center

Materials play an important role in our societies. Careful use of valuable raw materials sources and a circular economy are of great importance for a sustainable future. Brightlands Materials Center offers a meeting place to accelerate these transitions. It works together with a global network of leading companies along the value chain and with renowned universities and institutes to make this happen. In shared research programs focusing on clear market needs , scientists, technicians and students work together to develop innovative materials solutions for a sustainable future.

Aligning molecular and structural dynamics in additive manufacturing of thermoplastics; towards enhanced weld mechanics and geometrical stability

jules harings

by Jules Harings, Maastricht University, Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials

Additive manufacturing is a technology that develops rapidly as a niche within the field of discrete manufacturing. Unique products of high added value rely on customisation and nearly endless design flexibility and are progressively introduced in automotive, aerospace, art and medical industiesy. Nevertheless, despite successes with metals and living materials, a mismatch in product quality and expectations has been the Achilles’ heel in the mass adoption of thermoplastics in 3D printing, especially in fused deposition modelling (FDM).

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The Disruptive Effects of 3D printing on Supply Chains & Business Models

Robert Martens

by Robert Martens, 3D Strategies

By using 3D printing, items can be designed optimally, removing limitations required by traditional manufacturing techniques. With this disruptive technology, objects can be created in small lots or even single and unique pieces without incurring the substantial extra cost that standard production processes would require.

Because local production in short times is possible, reduced spare parts stocks or special tools are needed, and waiting on long-lead items can be substantially shortened. Uncoupling design and production enables local production leading to the rise of advanced business models and supply chains.

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Laser polishing of 3D Printed Plastic Components

karsten braun

by Karsten Braun, Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for laser technology ILT

Despite their great potential for individualization, 3D-printing processes for polymer parts like SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) have the particular disadvantage of a high surface roughness; therefore, surface finishing is often necessary. However, current finishing procedures often have deficits such as low flexibility, long process times or incorporation of abrasives in the component. Therefore, Fraunhofer ILT is developing a non-contact, laser-based polishing process for additively manufactured plastic components.

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How Silicones Additive Manufacturing is a remarkable growth driver for production of soft materials

Jean Marc Frances

by Jean Marc Frances, Scientific & Technology Coordinator for Elkem Silicones R&D

In order to respond to the increasing demand for new materials, Elkem Silicones has developed a new series of customized silicones especially designed for the use by Additive Manufacturing (AM).

These silicone series are intended to be used by Liquid Deposition Modeling. A technology based on extrusion principles. Indeed AM opens up new horizons for the use of silicones as a novel high performance material and as other materials it will affect existing global value chains.

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