Welding of 3D-printed carbon nanotube–polymer composites by locally induced microwave heating

@inproceedings{Sweeney2017WeldingO3,
  title={Welding of 3D-printed carbon nanotube–polymer composites by locally induced microwave heating},
  author={Charles B Sweeney and Blake A Lackey and Martin J Pospisil and Thomas C Achee and Victoria K Hicks and Aaron G Moran and Blake R Teipel and Mohammad A Saed and Micah J Green},
  booktitle={Science Advances},
  year={2017}
}
Additive manufacturing through material extrusion, often termed three-dimensional (3D) printing, is a burgeoning method for manufacturing thermoplastic components. However, a key obstacle facing 3D-printed plastic parts in engineering applications is the weak weld between successive filament traces, which often leads to delamination and mechanical failure. This is the chief obstacle to the use of thermoplastic additive manufacturing. We report a novel concept for welding 3D-printed… CONTINUE READING
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