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The Road to Improved Fiber-Reinforced 3D Printing Technology

Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-8301, USA
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Received: 14 August 2020 / Revised: 23 September 2020 / Accepted: 25 September 2020 / Published: 28 September 2020
Three-dimensional printing (3DP) is at the forefront of the disruptive innovations adding a new dimension in the material fabrication process with numerous design flexibilities. Especially, the ability to reinforce the plastic matrix with nanofiber, microfiber, chopped fiber and continuous fiber has put the technology beyond imagination in terms of multidimensional applications. In this technical paper, fiber and polymer filaments used by the commercial 3D printers to develop fiber-reinforced composites are characterized to discover the unknown manufacturing specifications such as fiber–polymer distribution and fiber volume fraction that have direct practical implications in determining and tuning composites’ properties and their applications. Additionally, the capabilities and limitations of 3D printing software to process materials and control print parameters in relation to print quality, structural integrity and properties of printed composites are discussed. The work in this paper aims to present constructive evaluation and criticism of the current technology along with its pros and cons in order to guide prospective users and 3D printing equipment manufacturers on improvements, as well as identify the potential avenues of development of the next generation 3D printed fiber-reinforced composites. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; fiber-reinforced composites; fiber filament; plastic filament; slicing software; design flexibility; fused deposition modeling 3D printing; fiber-reinforced composites; fiber filament; plastic filament; slicing software; design flexibility; fused deposition modeling
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Kabir, S.M.F.; Mathur, K.; Seyam, A.-F.M. The Road to Improved Fiber-Reinforced 3D Printing Technology. Technologies 2020, 8, 51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies8040051

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Kabir SMF, Mathur K, Seyam A-FM. The Road to Improved Fiber-Reinforced 3D Printing Technology. Technologies. 2020; 8(4):51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies8040051

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Kabir, S M.F., Kavita Mathur, and Abdel-Fattah M. Seyam 2020. "The Road to Improved Fiber-Reinforced 3D Printing Technology" Technologies 8, no. 4: 51. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies8040051

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