Air-structured optical fibre drawn from a 3D-printed perform

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SPIE
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Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proc. SPIE 9634, 24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 2015, 9634
Issue Date:
2015-01-01
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© 2015 SPIE. We report the first optical fibre drawn from a 3D-printed preform. An air-structured polymer preform is printed using a modified butadiene plastic called Bendlay as opposed to the more-common Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). The preform is subsequently drawn to fibre form at a relatively low temperature of 160 C and maintains its air-structured cladding holes. Such ability to freely-design and 3D-print complex preform structures, such as photonic bandgap and photonic crystal structures, opens up an exciting new front in optical fibre fabrication.
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