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Characterization of Polystyrene Wastes as Potential Extruded Feedstock Filament for 3D Printing

Fiber Composite Laboratory, School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, 53850 Lappeenranta, Finland
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Recycling 2018, 3(4), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling3040057
Received: 24 October 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 22 November 2018 / Published: 28 November 2018
The recyclability of polystyrene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polyvinylchloride waste and their use as a source for 3D printing were studied. Filaments of about 3 mm in diameter were extruded successfully with a small-size extruder. The processed filaments were tested on a broad range of parameters-melt flow index, glass transition temperature, tensile properties and a pyrolysis scenario were obtained. The measured parameters were compared with parameters of virgin counterparts presented in the literature. In order to estimate the composition of the recycled material, Fourier Transform Infrared and elemental analysis of the samples was done. View Full-Text
Keywords: plastic recycling; 3D filament extrusion; tensile properties; thermal analysis plastic recycling; 3D filament extrusion; tensile properties; thermal analysis
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Turku, I.; Kasala, S.; Kärki, T. Characterization of Polystyrene Wastes as Potential Extruded Feedstock Filament for 3D Printing. Recycling 2018, 3, 57.

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