20 April 2016 Development of three-axis inkjet printer for gear sensors
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The long-term objective of our research is to develop sensor systems for detection of gear failure signs. As a very first step, this paper proposes a new method to create sensors directly printed on gears by a printer and conductive ink, and shows the printing system configuration and the procedure of sensor development. The developing printer system is a laser sintering system consisting of a laser and CNC machinery. The laser is able to synthesize micro conductive patterns, and introduced to the CNC machinery as a tool. In order to synthesize sensors on gears, we first design the micro-circuit pattern on a gear through the use of 3D-CAD, and create a program (G-code) for the CNC machinery by CAM. This paper shows initial experiments with the laser sintering process in order to obtain the optimal parameters for the laser setting. This new method proposed here may provide a new manufacturing process for mechanical parts, which have an additional functionality to detect failure, and possible improvements include creating more economical and sustainable systems.
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Daisuke Iba, Daisuke Iba, Ricardo Rodriguez Lopez, Ricardo Rodriguez Lopez, Takahiro Kamimoto, Takahiro Kamimoto, Morimasa Nakamura, Morimasa Nakamura, Nanako Miura, Nanako Miura, Takashi Iizuka, Takashi Iizuka, Arata Masuda, Arata Masuda, Ichiro Moriwaki, Ichiro Moriwaki, Akira Sone, Akira Sone, } "Development of three-axis inkjet printer for gear sensors", Proc. SPIE 9803, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2016, 98034F (20 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218951; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218951
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