Developments in the Field of Rapid Prototype Production
Characteristics of 3D printed specimens are porous structure and low mechanical strength. Due to porous structure post treatment is possible, and in most cases infiltration with an epoxy resin, wax or cyanoacrylate material takes place. As a result of post treatment, the mechanical strength can be increased by 100%, although this is strongly influenced by the infiltration depth that depends on the porous structure and the resin viscosity. In the framework of the common research of the Department of Polymer Engineering, BME and Varinex Zrt. the applicability of a 3D printer is examined in the field of direct tool making. As the first step, the resin uptake ability of specimens prepared with a Z810 3D printer is examined.
P.J. Szabó, T. Réti, T. Czigány
N. K. Kovács and J. G. Kovács, "Developments in the Field of Rapid Prototype Production", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 589, pp. 421-425, 2008