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The Bug – Sebastian Morales’s Fiber 3D Printer Project #3DThursday #3DPrinting

The Bug- Sebastian Morales’s Fiber 3D Printer Project:

For my last semester as an undergrad, I decided to give my education a twist and create my own research project. Fascinated by natures way to fabricate, I got inspired to create the Bug,  a 3D printer-like robot that can create using composite fibers.

First the computer breaks down a 3D model into a path for the machine to follow. Then the machine extrudes string from a spool, this spool could be made out of different materials, in this case I chose cotton for its abilities to absorb the resin. As the cotton goes through the extruder, it absorbs the resin which immediately hardens once the fiber is in position and the high power LEDs turn on.

First, the machine fallows a 3 dimensional grid, anchoring to the base and making a rigid structural support where the later random fibers can bond. It is important to know that the fibers are not really being weaved but bonded, similar to how spiders build webs or worms build cocoons…. 

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The Bug Sebastian Morales

The Bug Sebastian Morales

The Bug Sebastian Morales

The Bug Sebastian Morales


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