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Planar slicing for nonextrusion AM processes...

Publication Type
Book Chapter
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Page Numbers
181 to 189
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Publisher Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Extrusion-based AM processes, including material extrusion and directed energy deposition, construct objects by continuously depositing a relatively small amount of molten feedstock to a specific location. Nonextrusion AM processes, on the other hand, tend to form each layer by linearly or areally projecting either energy onto a vat of photocurable liquid or a binding agent into a bed of loose powder. Such systems vary significantly from extrusion-based AM processes but do share similarities. The general approach to path planning is the same, but nonextrusion processes typically favor the use of bitmap representations, instead of polygons, for pathing computation and do not use a g-code file to command the printer. In this chapter, a high-level discussion of these differences will be covered.