Embedding Unique Functionalities In Composites By Continuous Fiber Printing (3D Printing Europe 2019)

Dr Andrea Gasperini, Polymer Materials Scientist
Brightlands Materials Center

Presentation Summary

The presentation will provide initially an overview over the range of possible sensors (pressure, elongation, flexural) that have been embedded in composites by exploiting the freedom in fiber positioning by FDM. The response of continuous carbon fibers as a function of flexural load will be presented in a more comprehensive fashion. Particular attention will be given to flexural sensors reproducibility in automated manufacturing (i.e. continuous fiber FDM), ranges of sensitivity vs materials combinations and composites morphology vs variations in signal output.

Speaker Biography (Andrea Gasperini)

Andrea Gasperini received its PHD in the field of organic electronics in 2016 from Ecole Polythechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). After post-doc experiences at BASF and Stanford University, he joined Brightlands Materials Center (BMC) where he currently covers a position as Polymer Scientist. At Brightalnds Materials Center, his research interests focus on extrusion based additive manufacturing of thermoplastic composites and embedding structural sensors in 3D printed objects

Company Profile (Brightlands Materials Center)

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Brightlands Materials Center is an international R&D center in the field of polymeric materials with the aim to develop innovative and sustainable materials solutions meeting tomorrow's societal challenges. Its three major R&D programs are driven by application challenges and focus on Lightweight Automotive, Sustainable Buildings and Additive Manufacturing. Brightlands Materials Center is an initiative of the Province of Limburg and TNO, the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research (www.tno.nl), and is located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, The Netherlands.
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