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Hybrid 3D Printing and Casting Manufacturing Process for Fabrication of Smart Soft Composite Actuators
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 Title & Authors
Hybrid 3D Printing and Casting Manufacturing Process for Fabrication of Smart Soft Composite Actuators
Kim, Min-Soo; Song, Sung-Hyuk; Kim, Hyung-Il; Ahn, Sung-Hoon;
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 Abstract
Intricate deflection requires many conventional actuators (motors, pistons etc.), which can be financially and spatially wasteful. Novel smart soft composite (SSC) actuators have been suggested, but fabrication complexity restricts their widespread use as general-purpose actuators. In this study, a hybrid manufacturing process comprising 3-D printing and casting was developed for automated fabrication of SSC actuators with precision, using a 3-D printer (3DISON, ROKIT), a simple polymer mixer, and a compressor controller. A method to improve precision is suggested, and the design compensates for deposition and backlash errors (maximum, ). A suitable flow rate and tool path are suggested for the polymer casting process. The equipment and process costs proposed here are lower than those of existing 3D printers for a multi-material deposition system and the technique has precision, which is suitable for fabrication of SSC actuators.
 Keywords
Smart soft composite actuator;Hybrid manufacturing process;3D printing;Casting;Automation;
 Language
Korean
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