3D-printed PMMA preform for hollow-core POF drawing

M. Zubel*, A. Fasano, G. Woyessa, K. Sugden, H.K. Rasmussen, O. Bang

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In this paper we report the first, to our knowledge, 3D-printed hollow-core poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) preform for polymer optical fibre drawing. It was printed of commercial PMMA by means of fused deposition modelling technique. The preform was drawn to cane, proving good enough quality of drawing process and the PMMA molecular weight to be appropriate for drawing. This ascertains that the manufacturing process provides preforms suitable for hollow-core fibre drawing. The paper focuses on maximisation of transparency of PMMA 3D printouts by optimising printing process parameters: nozzle temperature, printing speed and infill.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPOF 2016: 25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres - proceedings
EditorsDavid J. Webb, Patricia Scully, Kate Sugden
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-85449-408-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Event25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres, POF 2016 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sept 201615 Sept 2016


Conference25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres, POF 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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