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How to make fused deposition faster

How to make fused deposition faster

Written by David

March 12, 2019

Researchers have developed a new way to make fused deposition faster, a goal of many vendors in additive manufacturing. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have developed Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM), a technique and process they claim is 8 times faster than conventional 3D printing. According to the researchers, SEAM technology can 3D print a 30 cm high plastic component in 18 minutes. These results indicate that they can offer process speeds that are eight times faster than other 3D printing methods. “SEAM achieves these speeds by combining machine tool technology with 3D printing,” says Dr. Martin Kausch, a scientist at Fraunhofer IWU. To process the plastic, the researches use a specially designed unit that melts the raw material and ejects it at a high output rate. This unit is installed above a construction platform that can be swiveled in 6 axes […]


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