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Tensile Transformation: bridging the gaps in large scale 3d printing.

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posted on 2024-04-18, 22:37 authored by Eliot Lundon Moore

This research pioneers a novel technique for large-scale 3D printing, combining the use of cold-uncoiling plasma-bonded filaments and a digitally-controlled end effector on a robotic arm. The study revolves around the design, development and evaluation of a unique end effector capable of executing automated operations such as filament uncoiling plasma application and crimping. This forms the basis for the construction of spatial 3D printed tensile structures. The comparative analysis highlights substantial enhancements in both speed and efficiency of production relative to traditional manufacturing methods, such as hot end extrusion. While other large-scale printing systems exist, they often fail to match the pace and versatility offered by this innovative approach. As such, this research not only expands the boundaries of additive manufacturing technology but also underlines the immense potential for its practical application across diverse sectors.


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Date of Award



Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Rights License

CC BY 4.0

Degree Discipline

Design Innovation

Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Degree Level


Degree Name

Master of Design Innovation

ANZSRC Socio-Economic Outcome code

120203 Industrial construction design

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

4 Experimental research

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Design Innovation


Miller , Tim