A novel design and fabrication paradigm for 3D printers: Lipro

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018


Principal Consultant (For Co-Consultant Theses): ULAŞ YAMAN

Co-Consultant: MELİK DÖLEN


This study starts with highlighting some disadvantages of the conventional design and fabrication pipelines of Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes. In order to overcome the major drawbacks of the conventional pipeline, a novel design and fabrication pipeline called as LIPRO is proposed and it is implemented on two different AM processes to illuminate its effectiveness on alleviating the disadvantages of the conventional approaches. A single board computer is used to realize the method on AM machines. The structure of the LIPRO based on different types of functions is explained and the developed Python scripts are appended to the thesis. By employing this method, some sample parts are fabricated with two AM processes; namely Fused Deposition Modeling and Digital Light Processing. The details of this implementation are elaborated and the advantages are discussed throughout the thesis.