For the manufacturing of 3d-printed parts it is often essential to use support structures made of water soluble polymers like PVA (Polyvinylalcohol). After fabrication these support structures should be easily removable with less effort. In this bachelor's thesis a device was designed and built to be able to control and improve the dissolve process. The increasing solubility of PVA with rising temperatures and water flow was utilized.
The built heating unit, which is located inside the water tank, sets the requested temperature. With the help of nozzles and a pump, water can be directed to crucial locations. This increases the solution speed additionally.
The control of the device is implemented on a Raspberry Pi. The device can either be operated locally or via webinterface.
Keywords: 3d printing, support structures, PVA, temperature control, Raspberry Pi, process visualisation
February 4th, 2020