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Title: Methods and systems for integrating fluid dispensing technology with stereolithography

Abstract

An integrated system and method of integrating fluid dispensing technologies (e.g., direct-write (DW)) with rapid prototyping (RP) technologies (e.g., stereolithography (SL)) without part registration comprising: an SL apparatus and a fluid dispensing apparatus further comprising a translation mechanism adapted to translate the fluid dispensing apparatus along the Z-, Y- and Z-axes. The fluid dispensing apparatus comprises: a pressurized fluid container; a valve mechanism adapted to control the flow of fluid from the pressurized fluid container; and a dispensing nozzle adapted to deposit the fluid in a desired location. To aid in calibration, the integrated system includes a laser sensor and a mechanical switch. The method further comprises building a second part layer on top of the fluid deposits and optionally accommodating multi-layered circuitry by incorporating a connector trace. Thus, the present invention is capable of efficiently building single and multi-material SL fabricated parts embedded with complex three-dimensional circuitry using DW.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2]
  1. El Paso, TX
  2. Albuquerque, NM
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX); Sandia Corporation, Operator of Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1014377
Patent Number(s):
7,658,603
Application Number:
US Patent Application 11/095,120
Assignee:
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX); Sandia Corporation, Operator of Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Medina, Francisco, Wicker, Ryan, Palmer, Jeremy A, Davis, Don W, Chavez, Bart D, and Gallegos, Phillip L. Methods and systems for integrating fluid dispensing technology with stereolithography. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Medina, Francisco, Wicker, Ryan, Palmer, Jeremy A, Davis, Don W, Chavez, Bart D, & Gallegos, Phillip L. Methods and systems for integrating fluid dispensing technology with stereolithography. United States.
Medina, Francisco, Wicker, Ryan, Palmer, Jeremy A, Davis, Don W, Chavez, Bart D, and Gallegos, Phillip L. Tue . "Methods and systems for integrating fluid dispensing technology with stereolithography". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1014377.
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