With the start of this fall semester, the new focus project of the CMAS Lab, here at ETH, in the field of additive manufacturing is also starting to gain momentum. During the next two semesters, our team of eight members, will intensively work on the processing of fiber-reinforced plastics. Our goal is the automated production of carbon fiber-reinforced polyether ether ketone (PEEK) parts.
Conventional 3D-printed parts are to be reinforced with carbon rods, with which we wish to extend their application area. Due to their lack of strength properties, additive manufactured parts consisting of pure plastic can currently only take on the role of prototypes. With our product, we intend to change this and pave the way for industrial application of additive manufacturing. The high stiffness of the carbon fibres we introduce into the 3D printed parts and the wide variety of possibilities of additive production enable ultra-lightweight structures which can bear heavy loads. The produced parts can therefore be used in the aerospace industry, where every gram counts and precision is of utmost importance.
The areas of responsibility have been asigned to team members who have now started working on their tasks. Stay updated concerning the project status and our experiences by following our social media accounts and our homepage.