I just started my senior year at a major research university studying materials science and engineering. As part of our graduation requirement, we have to complete a capstone project that brings together the knowledge we’ve gained. My team is really interested in working with materials for additive manufacturing because it’s a huge, emerging field. I’ve personally been really excited about the possibility of 3D printing with composites since I heard about the Mark One a couple years ago. The team has a pretty wide range of skills and access to most of the labs in our department which include characterization and chemistry labs.
So, I was wondering what this community is really looking for in a filament material that isn’t currently out there (in terms of properties). My original idea was working with either PLA or ABS and creating a process to add in a ceramic filler to improve their melting temperature. However, this would seemingly run up against the maximum temperature of the tool head of most 3D printers. My other idea was to utilize carbon but the product description notes that this type of material damages the tool head which indicates that it’s already available (as my cursory google search showed ).
Thanks for any input.