Rapid Prototyping Journal
A novel rapid prototyping technology incorporating a curved layer building style was developed. The new process, based on Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), was designed for efficient fabrication of curved layer structures made from ceramics and fiber reinforced composites. A new LOM machine was created, referred to as Curved Layer LOM. This new machine uses ceramic tapes and fiber prepregs as feedstocks and fabricates curved structures on a curved-layer by curved-layer basis. The output of the process is a three dimensional "green" ceramic that is capable of being processed to a seamless, fully dense ceramic using traditional techniques. A detailed description is made of the necessary software and hardware for this new process. Also reviewed is the development of ceramic preforms and accompanying process technology for net shape ceramic fabrication. Monolithic ceramic (SiC) and ceramic matrix composite (SiC/SiC) articles were fabricated using both the flat layer and curved layer LOM processes. For making curved layer objects, the curved process afforded the advantages of eliminated stair step effect, increased build speed, reduced waste, reduced need for decubing, and maintenance of continuous fibers in the direction of curvature.
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Klosterman, Donald; Chartoff, Richard P.; Osborne, Nora R.; Graves, George A.; Lightman, Allan; Han, Gyoowan; Bezewredi, Akos; Rodrigues, Stan; Pak, Sung; Kalmanovich, Gary; Dodin, Leon; and Tu, Song, "Development of a Curved Layer LOM Process for Monolithic Ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites" (1999). Chemical and Materials Engineering Faculty Publications. 202.