Brightlands Materials Center project to develop advanced materials for 3D and 4D printing | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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Netherlands-based Brightlands Materials Center is teaming up with partners DSM, Xilloc Medical, Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University and NWO on a four-year project to explore new polymeric materials for additive manufacturing (AM) and 4D printing. These new materials are aimed to bring improved and novel properties based on recently developed concepts of dynamic and reversible chemistry.

A new class of dynamic polymers such as vitrimers offer highly unusual properties. The most well-known are self-healing properties, which enable the materials to repair themselves after damage takes place. Using dynamic materials in 3D printing could potentially lead to new AM applications.

Project - Research - Areas

The project will cover three key research areas:

1. Selective laser sintering. Selective laser sintering is an additive manufacturing technology in which individual powder particles merge by melting them with a laser. An inefficient merging process leads to poor mechanical properties of the 3D printed part. The project aims to improve the merging process with innovative materials that reversibly reduce their viscosity and thus flow more easily together and enable better bond formation.

Printing - Printing - Emerging

2. 4D printing. The 4D printing is a promising emerging...
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