Recent Advances in 3D Printing in Industry 4.0

A special issue of Machines (ISSN 2075-1702). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Manufacturing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 1666

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Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Krakow, Poland
Interests: 3D printing technology; computer simulations of the strength of 3D prints; smart materials (magnetorheological fluids); MRF clutches; CAD systems

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: dynamics; vibration and damping; smart materials and structures; computational and experimental mechanics; mechatronics and structural control; structural acoustics; impact and wave propagation; structural health monitoring; composite structures; machine design; 3D printing
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Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of additive technologies and their continuous development have led to an alternative method of production. In contrast to the subtractive methods, these technologies are characterized by a short pre-processing time (preparation of the 3D model and batch file for the printer). Flexibility in the production process is also very important. It is possible to produce elements with completely different geometrical features without interfering with the printer's instrumentation. The only change may be a change in the input material. The development of 3D printing technology (in conjunction with the postulates of Industry 4.0) will make this the leading manufacturing technology in the future.

This Special Issue aims to collect innovative contributions on this subject. Specifically, the contributions may deal with all of the following aspects related to “Recent Advances in 3D Printing in Industry 4.0”:

  • General 3D printing technology;
  • New 3D printing systems;
  • 3D printing pre-processing and workflow;
  • Innovative printing materials;
  • Multimaterial printing;
  • Recycling of used materials (filaments, resins, and powder);
  • Complex shapes and lattice designs;
  • Topology and shape optimization;
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly;
  • 3D-printed parts’ testing methods and standards;
  • Simulation of additive manufacturing processes;
  • Multiscale and multiphysics material models;
  • Sensing, multifunctionality, and 4D printing;
  • Print quality, material properties, and post-processing;
  • Ecodesign and sustainability issues;
  • Applications of 3D printing technology in Industry 4.0.

Both review papers and in-depth research papers on new developments in this field will be collected in this Special Issue.

Dr. Zbigniew Pilch
Dr. César Vasques
Guest Editors

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4D Printing: A Methodical Approach to Product Development Using Smart Materials
by Stefan Junk, Henning Einloth and Dirk Velten
Machines 2023, 11(11), 1035; - 20 Nov 2023
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In 4D printing, an additively manufactured component is given the ability to change its shape or function in an intended and useful manner over time. The technology of 4D printing is still in an early stage of development. Nevertheless, interesting research and initial [...] Read more.
In 4D printing, an additively manufactured component is given the ability to change its shape or function in an intended and useful manner over time. The technology of 4D printing is still in an early stage of development. Nevertheless, interesting research and initial applications exist in the literature. In this work, a novel methodical approach is presented that helps transfer existing 4D printing research results and knowledge into solving application tasks systematically. Moreover, two different smart materials are analyzed, used, and combined following the presented methodical approach to solving the given task in the form of recovering an object from a poorly accessible space. This is implemented by self-positioning, grabbing, and extracting the target object. The first smart material used to realize these tasks is a shape-memory polymer, while the second is a polymer-based magnetic composite. In addition to the presentation and detailed implementation of the methodical approach, the potentials and behavior of the two smart materials are further examined and narrowed down as a result of the investigation. The results show that the developed methodical approach contributes to moving 4D printing closer toward a viable alternative to existing technologies due to its problem-oriented nature. Full article
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