Structural and thermal performance of optimum 3D printed parts from continuous carbon fiber-Poly Ether Ether Ketone composites
Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, of composites can manufacture final parts with high strength and stiffness. In this project, carbon fiber composites with a high temperature polymer are used for 3D printing. A custom 3D printing head installed on a robotic arm is used for manufacturing. Specimens are 3D printed to evaluate structural and thermal properties of final parts. Automated manufacturing of composites using robotic 3D printing is efficient for fabricating small-scale parts with low volume and can open new opportunities for composites. In addition, robotic 3D printing can simplify and shorten the research and development activities on raw material optimization for automated manufacturing.