Authors: Nicholas A. Russell; Jacob Floyd; Joseph Caston; Manuel R. Villalpando; Ismail Fidan
Addresses: Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA ' Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA ' Department of Engineering Technology, College of Business and Technology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455, USA ' Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA ' Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) is a quickly growing field and promises to be revolutionary to the manufacturing industry and to society. One novel application of AM is the ability to recreate history and make the past come alive to present-day audiences. One of the major challenges that must be overcome for AM technologies to become ubiquitous in society is the joining of 3D printed parts. For many applications, parts must be able to move relative to each other which require the use of joints. Another challenger is the limited capacity of most printer beds on the market today. To make large scale, functional parts, 3D printed pieces must be joined or fused to make large, continuous parts. Both of these challenges are explored within the context of recreating a struthiomimus dinosaur by completely 3D printing and assembling the dinosaur. This current paper reports the milestones in making a struthiomimus dinosaur.
Keywords: additive manufacturing; assembly; design; dinosaur; joint; reverse engineering.
International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 2017 Vol.6 No.4, pp.262 - 278
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