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Title: Build Time Estimation for Fused Filament Fabrication via Average Printing Speed
Authors: Medina-Sánchez, Gustavo
Dorado-Vicente, Rubén
Torres-Jiménez, Eloisa
López-García, Rafael
Abstract: Build time is a key issue in additive manufacturing, but even nowadays, its accurate estimation is challenging. This work proposes a build time estimation method for fused filament fabrication (FFF) based on an average printing speed model. It captures the printer kinematics by fitting printing speed measurements for different interpolation segment lengths and changes of direction along the printing path. Unlike analytical approaches, printer users do not need to know the printer kinematics parameters such as maximum speed and acceleration or how the printer movement is programmed to obtain an accurate estimation. To build the proposed model, few measurements are needed. Two approaches are proposed: a fitting procedure via linear and power approximations, and a Coons patch. The procedure was applied to three desktop FFF printers, and different infill patterns and part shapes were tested. The proposed method provides a robust and accurate estimation with a maximum relative error below 8.5%.
Keywords: 3D printing; rapid prototyping; efficiency; printing time; experimental model
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2019
Publisher: MDPI
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