Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing

Peter and Claire attended the NIST Roadmapping exercise in June, which addressed polymeric 3D printing.

Peter and post-doc Claire McIlroy attended the NIST Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing. Peter was on a panel session on challenges faced in modeling the process, and Claire presented a poster on her work about modeling the flow fields and polymer welding during fused filament fabrication (FFF), which is the technology behind most desk-top 3D printers. 

Thermal camera image of polymer 3D printing.

 

 

 

Thermal camera image of polymer 3D printing. This method has been developed by NIST scientists to measure the temperature profile in situ, during 3D printing using fused filament fabrication.