Multi-material 3D Printing allows the ability to fabricate parts with tuned mechanical properties, multi-process 3D printing widens the choices of available fabrication materials. The objective of this study is to build a custom 3D printing test bed that is capable of printing multi-material parts with fused deposition modeling and direct ink writing techniques. A 3D printer, controlled by an industrial motion control system, with FDM and DIW capabilities was built by combining FDM extruders with a pneumatic dispensing system on a single platform. By utilizing the Direct Ink Writing function, we expand the number of printable materials to include some off the shelf silicones and epoxies, as well as custom, user made, materials. This study will further expand the manufacturing and research capabilities within the additive manufacturing discipline.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Losada, Alexander X., "Design and Testing of a Hybrid Direct Ink Writing and Fused Deposition Modeling Multi-Process 3D Printer" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1271.