The technology of 3D printers is evolving at very high speed. There are many different methods that are used to 3D print. One of the easiest and cheapest methods is fused deposition modeling (FDM). In the context of the minor “Advanced Prototyping” of the TU Delft, we will explore the possibilities of reinforced FDM prints. An Ultimaker 2 will be used in combination with the PCB and software of the Ultimaker Original. This combination gives us the freedom to adapted and expended our setup to print fibers together with the printing filament. This method should improve the strength and stiffness of the object that is printed. We will look at different approaches and fibers to find the best way of reinforcing.
Our group consists of four member with different backgrounds. Our studies are aerospace engineering, industrial design (one at the TU Delft and one at the TU Eindhoven) and electrical engineering. Hopefully our backgrounds will result in creative and new solutions on our problems. Joris van Tubergen is our expert, who will help and support us during the project.