Photopolymer Resin Extrusion 3D Printer

Christopher Harrop

Abstract


Fused Deposition Modelling 3D printing systems, which utilise extruded thermoplastics to manufacture parts, are only capable of producing anisotropic parts. In contrast, Stereolithographic 3D printing systems incorporate photopolymer resins, which due to their nature and reaction process allow the production of theoretically isotropic parts. As well as being fundamentally limited in regards to build volume, Stereolithography technology is not readily available in Open Source form. This project aims to incorporate the photopolymer resin from Stereolithographic 3D printing systems into the chassis and motion control systems used in Open Source Fused Deposition Modelling printers.

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