The development of feedstock for 3D printing and 3D knitting of continuous carbon fibre composite filaments : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in Mechatronics at Massey University, Albany, New Zealand. EMBARGOED until 31 December 2022.
The main purpose of this research was the development of a composite filament comprising of a thermoset resin and long/continuous carbon fibre reinforcement for the use with additive
manufacturing applications. Currently, there are composite materials available that consist of
fibre reinforcement but none that utilise long/continuous fibre reinforcement with a thermoset resin in a controlled manner. A series of prototypes were developed to determine the production processes required to produce the composite filament. Specimens were produced from these prototypes were subjected to cross-sectional analysis to analyse the quality of composite filament being produced. The results from this research is a production method that consistently produces the composite filament with the desired material properties.
The secondary purpose of this research was to analyse a commercially available 3D printer,
the Mark One, that can produce composite parts using long/continuous fibre reinforcement and
a thermoplastic matrix. An analysis into the capabilities and limitations of the Mark One was
conducted prior to analysing specimens produced by the Mark One.--Shortened abstract