One-step volumetric additive manufacturing of complex polymer structures
Author(s)Browar, Allison E. M.; Kelly, Brett E.; Henriksson, Johannes; Weisgraber, Todd H.; Shusteff, Maxim; Panas, Robert M; Fang, Xuanlai; Spadaccini, Christopher M.; ... Show more Show less
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Two limitations of additive manufacturing methods that arise from layer-based fabrication are slow speed and geometric constraints (which include poor surface quality). Both limitations are overcome in the work reported here, introducing a new volumetric additive fabrication paradigm that produces photopolymer structures with complex nonperiodic three-dimensional geometries on a time scale of seconds. We implement this approach using holographic patterning of light fields, demonstrate the fabrication of a variety of structures, and study the properties of the light patterns and photosensitive resins required for this fabrication approach. The results indicate that low-absorbing resins containing ~0.1% photoinitiator, illuminated at modest powers (~10 to 100 mW), may be successfully used to build full structures in ~1 to 10 s.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
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Shusteff, Maxim, Allison E. M. Browar, Brett E. Kelly, Johannes Henriksson, Todd H. Weisgraber, Robert M. Panas, Nicholas X. Fang, and Christopher M. Spadaccini. “One-Step Volumetric Additive Manufacturing of Complex Polymer Structures.” Science Advances 3, no. 12 (December 2017): eaao5496.
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