A Study on Reduction of Processing Time and Improvement of Strength by Using Photopolymer Resin in the 3DP Process
3DP(three dimensional printing) technology is one of SFF(solid freeform fabrication) technologies which have recently come into a spotlight due to its adaptability to various applications. This technology has a great advantage in terms of short fabrication time for a prototype at a low cost, especially when it comes with multi-nozzle inkjet printing technology. However, it has also a disadvantage since it requires additional curing time, after jetting a binder material, and post-processing time in order to increase the mechanical strength of a product. In this study, a novel 3DP process is proposed to overcome slow solidification and elaborate post-process by adopting photo curing method into the conventional 3DP process. Mechanical properties, such as tensile and bending strengths, of specimens fabricated with the proposed 3DP process were measured and compared with those fabricated with the conventional 3DP process. As a result, it is found that mechanical strengths of specimens from the proposed novel 3DP process show three times higher than those from the conventional 3DP process. Besides, the overall fabrication time with the proposed novel 3DP process is about two times faster than that with the conventional 3DP process, because it does not need additional curing and post-processing time.
Soon-Bok Lee and Yun-Jae Kim
W. H. Lee et al., "A Study on Reduction of Processing Time and Improvement of Strength by Using Photopolymer Resin in the 3DP Process", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 326-328, pp. 151-154, 2006