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Multi-material Composite-Based SLS Printer Interfaced with GUI

Abstract— Selective Laser Sintering technology is a type of additive manufacturing with an increasing interest in many applications. This technology has a great potential to enhance the multi-material based manufacturing. Due to the increasing complexity of the multi-material based manufacturing, there is a need for a simplified operational interface. This paper proposes a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for multi-material based SLS printer to maintain complex parameters and perform simple calculations properly. The GUI is based on Rule of Mixture (ROM) which considers Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) approach to increase the performance accuracy. The interface takes inputs from ten pre-defined polymers and performs the calculation according to the requirement. In the end, the GUI results were verified by the FEA simulation.

Index Terms— Additive manufacturing, multi-material, SLS printer, polymer, filament