Shape-memory polymers (SMPs) can be deformed, cooled down, keeping their new shape for a long time, and recovered into their original shape after being heated above the glass or melting temperature again. Some SMPs, such as poly(lactic acid) (PLA), can be 3D printed, enabling a combination of 3D-printed shapes and 2D-printed, 3D-deformed ones. While deformation at high temperatures can be used, e.g., to fit orthoses to patients, SMPs used in protective equipment, bumpers, etc., are deformed at low temperatures, possibly causing irreversible breaks. Here, we compare different typical infill patterns, offered by common slicing software, with self-designed infill structures. Three-point bending tests were performed until maximum deflection as well as until the maximum force was reached, and then the samples were recovered in a warm water bath and tested again. The results show a severe influence of the infill pattern as well as the printing orientation on the amount of broken bonds and thus the mechanical properties after up to ten test/recovery cycles.
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