Fibre Core co-extrusion
October 16, 2013 05:55AM
I have documented my thoughts on a fibre core extrusion in the Wiki.


The two concepts are winding the thread around the plastic so the correct amount goes into the melt zone so it will exit at the correct nozzle extrusion speed the other is some thoughts on a coaxial nozzle that would work much like a wire insulation machine but much slower.

Interestingly I saw a machine that is used to make flux cored solder a couple of months back. It is a solid solder extruder that presses a billet of metal through an annular nozzle. The centre is continuously filled with molten flux as the solder extrudes. They had it easy because the diameter on exit was about 7-10 mm. It was then fed through two progressive wire drawing machines that stretched and thinned the cored solder to sizes from 2.4 to 0.5 mm. The interesting thing to note was that the extruding solder did not try and push into the flux feeder, it rather drew the flux down into the hollow tube with gravity and created partial vacuum.

Have a look and discuss if interested.

It is a concept I am personally unlikely to test but it might be just the thing someone needs.

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Re: Fibre Core co-extrusion
October 19, 2013 10:08AM
Approx 25 years ago I made a co-fibre extruder, it premade the fillament though, the 3d printer needed a flying cutter to cut the fibre under the nozzle,
I had to build the extruder, then build the 3d printer, in those days stepper motor boards and software were not off the shelf.
it was a very interesting project.

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Re: Fibre Core co-extrusion
July 08, 2022 11:12AM
I realise that your post was nine years ago, and that you therefore made this 34 years ago, but do you have any published documentation for it?

Best wishes

Re: Fibre Core co-extrusion
July 08, 2022 11:29AM
Hi Adrian,

there were some developments around carbon-fiber core, where the carbon was "cut" with a blue laserdiode, as it would absorb enough energy, so it would evaporate by a pulse with enough energy.

Did something similar with metal wires, melted and "cut" with a fiber-laser too (no documantation, as R&D under NDA's) ... actually there are high power IR-laserdiodes for such ideas (have some with 200W odr 270W on a spot of 0,2mm diameter) ...

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