3D Printed Motor In-House Seedling Effort: Experiential Training for Building and Experimentally Testing a Motor Using 3D Printed Elements
Technical Report,04 Feb 2017,04 Feb 2019
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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3D printing and additive manufacturing AM are rapidly growing technical areas. More affordable options and capability advancements increase the attraction for exploring innovative methods. The potential performance and cost saving benefits indicate AM is a prospective disruptive technology over traditional manufacturing methods. However, there are significant challenges that exist within the breadth of methods and material options. Simple, low cost, and quick projects, i.e. a technical sprint, develop relevant experience prior to investing into higher cost and vital projects. This report covers results and lessons learned from an eight week technical sprint effort. The effort explored various technical areas and challenges needed in order to more proficiently explore AM for electric machines such as motors and generators.