Separation has been a historic problem in digital light process 3D printing, which limits the capability of printing large areas. Over the years, methods for reducing separation force and improving printing quality have primarily relied on changing separation mechanisms and a constrained surface. Most methods require a pulling-up process; however, a few methods can provide the desired lifting distance by themselves. In our previous work, an in-house design named 'spring-assisted mechanism' using the combination of spring with a tilting mechanism was proposed to adapt to different required separation forces. The spring compression can be used to provide an additional force for separation, which results in a shorter lifting distance when encountering different print areas. In this paper, we aim to investigate the separation performance by comparing the proposed mechanism with a conventional tilting mechanism. The Taguchi method is applied to study the importance of design features of the spring-assisted mechanism. The results indicate that the maximum separation force occurring in the spring-assisted mechanism declines significantly to 89%. An additional benefit of the proposed mechanism is that the lifting distance required for separation can be adjusted automatically to different print areas, and a sufficient separation force is very low. Consequently, this paper provides experimental evidence that the spring-assisted mechanism can be used for large-scale printing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computer Science(all)
- Materials Science(all)