High Level Description
In recent years, 3D printing has advanced significantly, becoming accessible and versatile. Consumer-grade 3D printers using plastics are now widespread, while industrial-grade systems like selective laser melting printing have revolutionized manufacturing by rapidly producing intricate, customized parts.
This evolution raises important questions about 3D printing's potential and limitations, especially for electrical components. While some prototypes exist, we lack comprehensive models. Additionally, we haven't fully explored PLA (Polylactic Acid) as a conductive material's possibilities and constraints. There's also a need to rigorously test and validate previous findings.
This project addresses these questions by concentrating on 3D-printed electrical parts made from conductive plastic. Through testing and modeling, we want to understand how well these creations work, what opportunities they offer, and what limitations they have. We'll be designing various sensors and components, providing new possibilities for 3D-printed electronics.
The primary purpose of this project is to enhance our understanding of conductive filament properties and its application in the creation of electric components. By establishing a more robust model and knowledge base, the aim is to facilitate the development of novel 3D-printed components in the future. This expanded understanding may also unlock new possibilities for incorporating electrical properties into 3D-printed objects.
To achieve these objectives and fulfill the project's purpose, the following key tasks will be undertaken:
- Characterization of Conductive Filament:
- Design of Components
- Printing of Components:
- Testing and Validation of Components
- Iteration and Improvement
Through the accomplishment of these objectives, the project aims to not only construct functional electrical components but also contribute to a better understanding of the capabilities and constraints of conductive filament in 3D printing technology. Ultimately, this research will provide valuable insights for the broader field of additive manufacturing and its applications in creating electrically functional objects.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a master's student with backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or related fields to join our project. While familiarity with CAD, electrical sensors, and 3D printing technology is advantageous, it's not a strict requirement.
The purpose of this project is to enhance our understanding of conductive filament properties and its application in the creation of electric components.