Additive manufacturing is the creation of arbitrary-shaped volumes by agglomerating, sintering, or cross-linking stacked successive layers of material material and holds a key role in optimizing the fabrication and characterization of complex fiber-based devices. Experimental applications are reviewed and discussedd in "3D Printing in Fiber-Device Technology," FAMES Lab's new publication in Advanced Fiber Materials. The review first covers the recent advances in adopting 3D printing for direct digital manufacturing of fiber preforms with complex cross-sectional architectures designed for the desired thermally drawn fiber-device functionality. Next, the paper taking a recursive manufacturing approach, explains how fibers can serve as a raw material for 3D printing, resulting in macroscopic objects with enhanced functionalities, from optoelectronic to bio-functional, imparted by the fiber-devices properties.
FAMES Lab reviews the role of 3D printing technologies in fiber device fabrication in Advanced Fiber Materials
Monday, February 08, 2021