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Self-organized 3D-printing Patterns Simulated by Cellular Automata

Kanada, Y., 20th International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems (Automata 2014), July 2014.
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RIMG2281.jpgAbstract: 3D printers are usually used for printing objects designed by 3D CAD exactly, i.e., deterministically. However, 3D printing process contains stochastic self-organization process that generate emergent patterns. A method for generating fully self-organized patterns using a fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer has been developed. Melted plastic filament is extruded constantly in this method; however, by using this method, various patterns, such as stripes, splitting and/or merging patterns, and meshes can be generated. A cellular-automata-based computational model that can simulate such patterns have also been developed.

Introduction to this research theme: 3D shape formation technologies

Keywords: 3D printing, Three-dimensional printing, Solid Free-form Fabrication, SFF, Fused deposition modeling, FDM, Additive Manufacturing, Asynchronous cellular automata, Randomness, Fluctuation

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