Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering said they have developed a faster 3D printing process and are now using it to model and print objects in multiple materials.
…Now the USC Viterbi team has applied this more efficient process to 3D print objects that comprise different materials. When different material cure at different rates, they need to design an intelligent system to tell the printer where to deposit, at what time. USC Viterbi professor Yong Chen said they have created program to do so, but they will investigate how to develop an automatic design approach for positioning multiple materials according to user-specified physical properties and how to improve the 3D printing speed.
This new 3D printing process will allow multiple materials prototypes and objects such as dental and robotics models to be fabricated more cost and time-efficiently than ever before.
Chen and Pu Huang and Dongping Deng, two USC Viterbi industrial and systems engineering doctoral candidates, are presenting their findings at ASME’s 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in San Diego today.
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