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Fibers 2017, 5(4), 40; doi:10.3390/fib5040040

Polymer/Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) Nanocomposites Processing Using Additive Manufacturing (Three-Dimensional Printing) Technique: An Overview

Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems Inc. (Syn Strand Inc.—R&D), 215 Deming Way, Summerville, SC 29483, USA
Academic Editor: Stephen C. Bondy
Received: 3 August 2017 / Revised: 8 September 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 23 October 2017
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Additive manufacturing (AM)/3D printing (3DP) is a revolutionary technology which has been around for more than two decades, although the potential of this technique was not fully explored until recently. Because of the expansion of this technology in recent years, new materials and additives are being searched for to meet the growing demand. 3DP allows accurate fabrication of complicated models, however, structural anisotropy caused by the 3DP approaches could limit robust application. A possible solution to the inferior properties of the 3DP based materials compared to that of conventionally manufactured counterparts could be the incorporation of nanoparticles, such as carbon nanotubes (CNT) which have demonstrated remarkable mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. In this article we review some of the research, products, and challenges involved in 3DP technology. The importance of CNT dispersion in the matrix polymer is highlighted and the future outlook for the 3D printed polymer/CNT nanocomposites is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: additive manufacturing; 3D printing; polymer; carbon nanotubes (CNT); CNT dispersion; nanocomposites; tensile properties; electrical properties; thermal conductivity additive manufacturing; 3D printing; polymer; carbon nanotubes (CNT); CNT dispersion; nanocomposites; tensile properties; electrical properties; thermal conductivity
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Ghoshal, S. Polymer/Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) Nanocomposites Processing Using Additive Manufacturing (Three-Dimensional Printing) Technique: An Overview. Fibers 2017, 5, 40.

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