Material Jetting of Suspension System Components.

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Lipton, Jeffrey I.

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University of Texas at Austin


Material Jetting has demonstrated great promise in being able to produce complex functionalities using multi-material printing. Despite this potential material jetting has struggled to find applications in direct part production. Here we show how material jetting can be used to produce viscoelastic energy absorbers for large displacement applications in harsh environments. We generate printed components to act as the core of a suspension system on a recumbent trike. The 3D printed dampers allowed for improvements of the ride experienced. Through long term exposure studies, we demonstrate that techniques and methods previously applied to the absorption of vibration in indoor power tool applications can be extended to outdoor environments.


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