Nagendra G. Tanikella, Ben Wittbrodt, and Joshua M. Pearce, all researchers at Michigan Technological University, further explore the area of materials science in the recently published ‘ Tensile Strength of Commercial Polymer Materials for Fused Filament Fabrication 3D Printing .’
Samples were tested regarding mechanical properties, fabricated on open-source RepRap-style 3D printers. With open-source hardware and the countless 3D designs available, users today have infinite options for inspiration and innovation. Materials such as PLA are popular for FFF 3D printing, offering benefits like accessibility and affordability, low melting point (150°-160° C), and the ability to offer a better alternative to ABS due to biocompatibility and biodegradability.
Many other materials are available today though such as nylon, polycarbonate (PC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), and more. Previous research has demonstrated that RepRap 3D printing is comparable to typical FDM 3D printers, matching—and in some cases even outperforming—in […]
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