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Manufacturing of Polymeric Substrates with Copper Nanofillers through Laser Stereolithography Technique

Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid, Spain
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Departamento de Materiales y Minerales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 050034 Medellín, Colombia
Escuela de Química e Ingeniería Química, Universidad Industrial de Santander, 680002 Bucaramanga, Colombia
Materials Science and Technology Research Group, Foundation of Researchers in Science and Technology of Materials, 680003 Bucaramanga, Colombia
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Polymers 2018, 10(12), 1325;
Received: 22 September 2018 / Revised: 25 November 2018 / Accepted: 26 November 2018 / Published: 29 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Additive Manufacturing of Polymeric Materials)
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This study presents the additive manufacture of objects using mass-functionalized photo-resins, which are additively photopolymerized using the laser stereolithography technique. The mass functionalization is based on the incorporation of copper nanowires used as fillers at different concentrations. Cylindrical and tensile test probes are designed and manufactured in a layer-by-layer approach using a low-cost laser stereolithography system working with a layer thickness of 100   µ m . The morphological, mechanical, thermal and chemical results help to show the viability and potential that this combination of mass-functionalized resins and technological processes may have in the near future, once key challenges are solved. Finally, some potential applications are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanowires; mass-functionalization; additive manufacturing; laser stereolithography nanowires; mass-functionalization; additive manufacturing; laser stereolithography

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V-Niño, E.D.; Díaz Lantada, A.; Lonne, Q.; Estupiñán Durán, H.A.; Mejía-Ospino, E.; Ramírez-Caballero, G.; Endrino, J.L. Manufacturing of Polymeric Substrates with Copper Nanofillers through Laser Stereolithography Technique. Polymers 2018, 10, 1325.

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