[FoRK] composites, additive mfg.
dave.long at bluewin.ch
Mon Aug 27 14:32:55 PDT 2012
>> It would be cool if you could 3d print a series of channels into
>> you could draw or pump or deposit aligned fibers, maybe even by
>> capillary action.
> Vacuum bagging fiber cloth onto a machined part isn't hard, it is
> an easy garage operation. You have to get creative about trimming
> (I used a Dremel with a cutoff wheel) or using precut patches, but
> otherwise it is easy. Use of a peel ply is key.
In fact, all the applications of reinforcement that come quickly to
my mind involve having the reinforcing material as a thin shell on
the outside of the part (cf tubes, I-beams, etc.). What did you have
in mind as an application for interior channels? Micro-trusses?
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