New Technology to Speed Up 3-D Printing

New Technology to Speed Up 3-D Printing

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University of Michigan has developed a new software algorithm that is designed to enable 3D printers to print at much faster pace delivering prints of very high quality. The algorithm that has been developed by the university is supposed to speed up the pace of printing two times faster than the existing speed without any additional cost of hardware.

Solution for Vibration-related Issues

The vibrations that existing printers cause is one of the major challenges that needed to be addressed to. The movable parts of the printers, especially those in desktop models that are lightweight, result in vibrations. These vibrations diminish the quality of the print that is being produced. However, the faster the parts of printing machine move, the more the vibrations are generated.

Associate professor from the department of Mechanical Engineering, Chinedum Okwudire, said that the software anticipates when the printer would vibrate excessively thereby adjusting its motion accordingly. In a bid to generate accurate details, machines are made to operate slowly. It is the pace of the 3-D printers that prevents it from capturing many more consumers.

Citing his desire to see the application of his algorithm in the firmware, the software that is run by the printers, Okwudire said that in doing so, the algorithm can be used on any printer disregarding the size of the printer.

Furthermore, the software can also find its usage in many of the industrial-grade machines that has similar drawbacks rising out of vibrations.

The findings of the lab has already been published in the journal “Mechatronics”.