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What is a Patent for Systems and methods to aid in additive manufacturing
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The latest additive manufacturing techniques that make use of thermoplastic resins as feedstocks melt the resin while it is being dispensed. They then layer the resin over a disseminated and hardened layer. The current additive manufacturing methods which use thermoset resin feedstocks generally cure the resin prior to when it is dispensed. After the resin has dried, the product is then placed on top of the previously dispersed layer. Both processes can result in poor adhesion between layers, that could lead to parts that are susceptible to peeling or separation.
Systems and methods for additive manufacturing are presented. The system includes a delivery guide as well as a source for curing energy. The delivery guide is designed to disperse a curable substance to additively make parts in layers of the curable materials. The source of curing is designed to direct the energy to a specific region of curable material in the direction of or in a location where a new layer is dispensed fromthedelivery guide against the prior layer. This will cure the layer that lies between the previous and subsequent layers. The methods involve dispensing a second layer of curable material against the previous layer. In parallel, the curing energy is directed to a specific area of curable material to cure the subsequent layer as well as the preceding layers.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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