[FoRK] composites, additive mfg.

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Aug 27 17:06:54 PDT 2012

On 8/27/12 3:20 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM, Dave Long <dave.long at bluewin.ch> wrote:
>>>>> It would be cool if you could 3d print a series of channels into which
>>>>> you could draw or pump or deposit aligned fibers, maybe even by
>>>>> capillary action.
> I think there's a point where optimization goes too far.  I have some
> experience with the manufacture of hollow airfoils, and this sounds
> like an incredibly finicky operation with the potential for all sorts
> of defects.  Remember, it's not the smallest defect you can detect,
> but the largest one you might miss...

In some models, yes.  But from a different process point of view, it could be perfect:
Prestressed concrete, stretched cables and rebar in concrete composites, etc. are all well known good solutions.
You could create a system that optimizes with allowance for creating channels for strung "cables" that can then be embedded in a 
composite matrix.  Those hollow U channels could have a stretched tensile strength optimized cable, carbon fiber etc., strung into 
them, then locked into place with epoxy or epoxy + chopped fibers, etc.

> Ken


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