Towards Printing Mechatronics: Considerations for 3D-printed conductive coupling

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Abstract

This paper has investigated the integration of 3D-printed conductive paths into 3D-printed non-conductive structures, with the goal of exclusively combining standard off-the-shelf components with additive manufactured pieces in order to build a mechatronic device. To this end, a chosen conductive material has initially been mechanically and electrically characterized through measuring the elasticity by dynamic mechanical analysis, and performing tests on conductivity with respect to influencing parameters such as contact pressure and macroscopic time-dependent effects. This has been further correlated with deflection calculations used for designing a conductive coupling which integrates a conventional DC motor into a 3D-printed holder. The housing has then been manufactured and operational testing of the assembly was performed. Considerations concerning the manufacturing process of a 3D-printed mechatronic assembly have been presented, along with potential further applications relying on the obtained results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM)
PublisherIEEE
Publication dateSep 2018
Pages827-832
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-1855-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-1854-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Event2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics - University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 9. Jul 201812. Jul 2018
http://aim2018.org/

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics
LocationUniversity of Auckland
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period09/07/201812/07/2018
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Keywords

  • mechatronics
  • assembly
  • conductivity
  • rapid protoyping

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