Potentials and challenges of additive manufacturing techniques in the fabrication of polymer composites

Smith Salifu, Olugbenga Ogunbiyi, Peter Apata Olubambi

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Abstract

As a promising technology capable of transforming the conventional manufacturing techniques, the use of additive manufacturing (AM) has span beyond the prototyping it was initially known for, and its use is currently revolutionising the future of the manufacturing and research world. A review of some of the advances made in the additive manufacturing of polymers and their composites is presented in this paper. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of the different AM techniques used in polymer composites (PC) fabrications are presented, and the different areas of applications of the AM fabricated PC are highlighted. Also highlighted are some of the potentials and challenges associated with the fabrication of components using 4D printing. Finally, the paper presents the prospects and the endless opportunities that abound with the AM of polymeric materials.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • 4D printing
  • Fibre
  • Matrix
  • Polymer composites
  • Reinforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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