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3D Printing and Science

Research to improve the fff (fused filament fabrication) process

Why

There is a need for more scientific results for the fff process that is used for many home 3D printers. This is the technology when a plastic filament on a spool is melted and extruded out of a small nozzle to form a real part. I think that I can contribute with some results that might help someone.

Who

I have worked with 3D printing since 1990 and developed two processes for industrial metal printing. Now I can see a need for more knowledge in the area of printers used in the consumer market that will drive the awareness of the technology forward.

How

The core of the fff process are

  • Material
  • Extrusion

To enable a good result from the core process it has to be supported with several functions

  • Mechanical parts
  • Software
  • Electronics
  • Temperature control
  • Humidity control
  • Many more things ….

To investigate these different aspects I will do measurements and experiments, many focusing on material and extrusion. I will document them in the blog and also as pdf-reports.

Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity
Tim Minchin