Deposition Strategies and Resulting Part Stiffnesses in Fused Deposition Modeling

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P. Kulkarni, D. Dutta

Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 121(1), 93-103 (Feb 01, 1999) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2830582 History: Received December 01, 1996; Revised October 01, 1997; Online January 17, 2008


In the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process, the choice of deposition strategy plays an important role. In this paper, the effects of different deposition paths on this deposition based LM process are investigated. Some variations on the current deposition strategies are also proposed. The stiffness of parts manufactured by the different strategies is experimentally determined. It is then compared with an analytical model developed using laminate analysis. A good conformance of the laminate model to the experimental results suggests that the laminate model can be used as a design aide to help the designer tailor the deposition strategy to the stiffness requirements.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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