Printing and programming of in-situ actuators

Arash Alex Mazhari, Alan Zhang, Randall Ticknor, Sean Swei, Elizabeth Hyde, Mircea Teodorescu

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates a method for developing in-situ actuation retrofitted onto an additive manufacturing platform. By printing and programming a cantilever beam automated to deploy and actuate without human intervention, one may extend the functionality of an additive manufacturing platform without installing additional hardware. The design leverages a common Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) platform to physically validate the concept through experiment. Kinetics are repeatedly measured and referenced to develop over two dozen generations of in-situ actuator designs, each a function of programming the specific manipulation of the FFF platform's gantry-code. The resulting lever fabricated onto the build plate can be embedded into the machine's design envelope to deploy other fabricated objects off of the build plate. As a proof of concept to demonstrate the actuator's utility, a Prusa MK3S3D printer is used to fabricate an in-situ actuator which is automated to deploy a simultaneously printed spherical 3D printed structure.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publication2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages445-450
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728167947
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Event2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020 - Boston, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 20209 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Volume2020-July

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period6/07/209/07/20

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