The project aimed to investigate the production of specialty 3D printing filaments aimed at magnetic, dielectric and thermoelectric applications, taking advantage of the freedom afforded by 3D printing in generating complex geometries. Another one of the essential aims was to produce filaments that could be used with a typical 3D-printer thereby reducing the prototyping costs for developers in these specific fields.
We identified the raw materials needed for state-of-the-art applications and the relevant methodologies for producing composite 3D-printable filaments which would retain the desired technical properties of the raw materials, e.g. magnetic and dielectric properties.
Over the course of the one year of research, we developed innovative methods for the characterization and the production of the composite filaments, taking advantage of the research facilities and expertise available in NCSR Demokritos.
After iterative testing appropriate methodologies were developed, leading to the successful production of printable composite filaments in the case of dielectric and magnetic filaments.