3D Printing of Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites Using Fused Filament Fabrication—A Review

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Title: 3D Printing of Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites Using Fused Filament Fabrication—A Review
Authors: Dickson, Andrew N.Abourayana, Hisham M.Dowling, Denis P.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12282
Date: 24-Sep-2020
Online since: 2021-06-22T15:20:05Z
Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) printing has been successfully applied for the fabrication of polymer components ranging from prototypes to final products. An issue, however, is that the resulting 3D printed parts exhibit inferior mechanical performance to parts fabricated using conventional polymer processing technologies, such as compression moulding. The addition of fibres and other materials into the polymer matrix to form a composite can yield a significant enhancement in the structural strength of printed polymer parts. This review focuses on the enhanced mechanical performance obtained through the printing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites, using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing technique. The uses of both short and continuous fibre-reinforced polymer composites are reviewed. Finally, examples of some applications of FFF printed polymer composites using robotic processes are highlighted.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Funding Details: Irish Centre for Composite Research (IComp)
Type of material: Review
Publisher: MDPI
Journal: Polymers
Volume: 12
Issue: 10
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: Fused filament fabricationPolymersFibre reinforcementMechanical properties
DOI: 10.3390/polym12102188
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ie/
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