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Metal objects spanning internal cavities in structures fabricated by additive manufacturing

Metal objects spanning internal cavities in structures fabricated by additive manufacturing
Inventors: Ryan Wicker, David Espalin, Eric MacDonald
Patent No. 10,464,306

Description:
This patent application embodies a mesh embedding apparatus, system, and method. Thermoplastics, thermosets, ceramics, and metals can all be embedded. The methods used are high heat for quick evaporation, or long curing times at a lower temperature.

Abstract:
A three-dimensional electronic, biological, chemical, thermal management, and/or electromechanical apparatus can be configured by depositing one or more layers of a three-dimensional structure on a substrate. Such a three-dimensional structure can include one or more internal cavities using an additive manufacturing system enhanced with a range of secondary embedding processes. The three-dimensional structure can be further configured with structural integrated metal objects spanning the internal cavities (possibly filled with air or even evacuated) of the three-dimensional structure for enhanced electromagnetic properties.

Issue Date: 11/05/2019
Application Date: 04/15/2016
Post Date: 05/07/2018

UTEP Docket No: 2015-041