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Authors: James C. Brackett, Elijah P. Charles, Matthew B. Charles, Tyler C. Smith, Vlastimil Kunc, Chad E. Duty

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/s.23.0166

Abstract: The need to produce complex geometries incompatible with traditional manufacturing techniques has fueled rapid growth in Large-Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM). Printing of polymer composite materials have generated significant interest, but the production of Multi-Material (MM) structures with location-based material properties continues to be a challenge. Extrusion-based techniques have utilized multiple deposition heads to successfully print MM structures with both stiff and flexible regions, but these techniques often result in discrete material boundaries that concentrate stress and act as failure points. To avoid discrete interfaces, a novel dual-hopper configuration was developed for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system that creates a blended material region within the structure. The ability to blend and freely switch between stiff polymer composites and flexible polymers enables printing of robust MM structures with site-specific properties. This study characterizes the influence of viscosity on a blended material transition between carbon fiber-filled acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (CF-ABS) and unfilled thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which have significantly different viscoelastic behaviors

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Conference: SAMPE 2023

Publication Date: 2023/04/17

SKU: TP23-0000000166

Pages: 15

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