Evaluation of the mechanical performance of polymer parts fabricated using a production scale multi jet fusion printing process

Title: Evaluation of the mechanical performance of polymer parts fabricated using a production scale multi jet fusion printing process
Authors: O'Connor, HeatherDickson, Andrew N.Dowling, Denis P.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11734
Date: Aug-2018
Online since: 2020-11-25T12:08:21Z
Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) is rapidly becoming one of the most popular manufacturing techniques for short run part production and rapid prototyping. AM encompasses a range of technologies, including powder bed fusion (PBF) process. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and benchmark the mechanical performance of polyamide 12 (PA12) parts, fabricated using a production scale powder bed fusion printing process (HP Multi Jet Fusion printing process). This system has a build volume is 380 × 254 × 350 mm. The printed polymer parts were examined to determine their hydrophobicity, morphology, porosity and roughness. Chemical and thermal properties of the PA12 parts were also evaluated using attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR FT-IR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The study highlights the influence of build orientation on the tensile (ISO 527-1:2012) and flexural (ISO 178:2010) properties. In terms of tensile strength, the parts exhibited isotropic behaviour with a maximum tensile strength of 49 MPa. In terms of flexural testing, the build orientations had a significant effect on the strength of the printed part. The Z orientation exhibited a 40% higher flexural strength, when compared to that of the X orientation. The maximum flexural strength observed was 70 MPa. The results of this rapid, production scale AM study are compared with previous studies that detail the mechanical performance of PA12, fabricated using PBF processes, such as selective laser sintering.
Funding Details: European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Additive Manufacturing
Volume: 22
Start page: 381
End page: 387
Copyright (published version): 2018 Elsevier
Keywords: Production scalePowder bed fusion processPolyamide 12Mechanical properties
DOI: 10.1016/j.addma.2018.05.035
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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