TOWARDS ADVANCED 3D PRINTING OF ELASTOMERS

Start / End:

February 2017 to February 2018  

CONTACT

University of Twente

Faculty of Engineering Technology
Chair of Production Technology
P.O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands Room N202, “Horst” building
Phone : +31-53-489 2529
E-mail: shaojie.liu[a]utwente.nl

PSBE RESEARCH THEME

Smart Factories and Products

PROPOSERS

Dr. Wilma Dierkes (Elastomer Technology and Engineering)

Dr. Ton Bor and Dr. Laurent Warnet (Production Technology

OBJECTIVES

The objective of the current research project is to develop a model based proof-of-principle for additive manufacturing of elastomer/rubber products requiring vulcanization. Moreover, the research project will form the nucleus for an ambitious joint industry-academia research plan on this topic directed towards near future application of the developed technology.

RESEARCH TASKS

 The research project will study the following critical process elements for additive manufacturing of elastomers.

Material composition -  to find a proper ingredients to produce printable rubber.

Material supply system – to design a process to deposit uncured elastomers.

Vulcanization behavior – to find out the main parameters to make de vulcanization more efficient.

Printability – to determine the quality of the printed rubbers and to find out the key parameters.

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