Stabile, Joseph Anthony
The purpose of this project was to design, build, and modify a conventional 3D printer with the goal of printing magnetic parts. The ability to 3D print NdFeB magnets allows for greater design freedom as well as lower costs, since the NdFeB is mixed with PA 12 Nylon plastic. The first step in this process was designing and building the 3D printer. Once this was accomplished the filament was developed with a weight ratio percentage of 20% NdFeB to 80% PA 12 Nylon. Following the development of the filament, a solenoid was constructed. This solenoid was then placed on the nozzle of the 3D printer in order to align the magnetic particles during the printing process. Future work will focus on optimizing the nozzle and the applied magnetic field.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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