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UD engineers achieve 3D printing of continuous carbon fiber

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As mentioned by the University of Delaware researchers, “A heater touches and moves along the carbon fibers to generate a dynamic temperature gradient, triggering the dispensed liquid polymer to infuse and cure in the carbon fiber structures.”

UD engineers achieve 3D printing of continuous carbon fiber

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Thanks for all the amazing videos! I’m in high school and I’ve been watching your videos to get my 3D printer working well while I build my biomimetic robots. They helped a lot. I built a rhino beetle robot and a snake robot I’ve been using my MK3 for a while but I still got a lot out of the video. I’m looking forward to future episodes.
Thank you Thomas for this series! Even though I’m in 3D printing for quite a while, I’ve never seen someone taking the approach to make a complete series on this topic. I’ve been going from cheap model to “printing” my own CoreXY myself to reliable workhorse. Enjoyed every moment and always glad to share and learn new stuff!
I’m looking forward to your series, thank you. I just got my first 3D printer and starting to learn.
When i built my first 3d printer i did by finding all the parts myself, once i built the printer the challange came setting it up witch i got though. now printing on it was a mission! i ended up selling it, fast forward 7 years i brought my self an ender 3 and boom away i go perfect prints all the time! i have done three 18 hour prints no problem. its much easier to get into 3d printing now days, software is easier to use.
Thank you Thomas, I started 3d printing following your guidance and now have a working 3d printing business. I print patterns for parts for machines which are not supported by manufacturers anymore.
Thank you so much for this resource. I will be forwarding this to teachers in my school district that are interested and working with 3D printers in their classroom and with their students!!
Great job, Thomas! This series is the foundation for 3d printing to become more user-friendly and mainstream than ever. It is too easy for many channels to assume education and experience that most users just don’t possess. Again, great job!
Very good content Tom. I wish this video series was out 3 years ago when I first got into 3d printing. Many changes have happened since then so I think you are right on time with this series.
EXCELLENT Job here Thomas! I’ve been involved in 3D Printing for about a decade…back to when you actually made your hot end. UGH…DO NOT MISS THAT! Really looking forward to learning more.
Hi Thomas, I have one addition to the subject list that you propose in this series. The design and CAD part and/or online models. I give lectures about 3D printing at a regular basis and notice that i should place more emphasis on this part than on the machines. If you can design parts well, then any printer can be able to print it. But if you are not able to draw the part you desire, then you have no use for a 3D printer.