Additive manufacturing of polymer composites: Processing and modeling approaches

El Moumen, A., Tarfaoui, M. and Lafdi, Khalid (2019) Additive manufacturing of polymer composites: Processing and modeling approaches. Composites Part B: Engineering, 171. pp. 166-182. ISSN 1359-8368

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Additive manufacturing, which is referred to as 3D printing, is a new developed process of fabricating metallic, ceramic, plastic and concrete materials. The goal of this article is to provide an overview of 3D printing processing methods and discuss their pros and cons. A comparison with other technologies such as injection molding and cutting-based machinery was discussed. Various modeling approaches and tools at all scale levels were depicted. We have presented a case study concerning the effect of pores formation in the mechanical properties of 3D printed polymer composites using FDM process. The mechanical behavior of 3D printed composites was determined using the homogenization technique based on the RVE notion. Recent uses of this technology in the area of electronics, aerospace and biomedical engineering were highlighted. Finally, important benefits and limitations were identified in order to clarify and motivate future works in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D printing, Additive manufacturing of composites, Mechanical properties, Polymer-matrix composites
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
J400 Polymers and Textiles
J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 12:21
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 12:22

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