Special Issue "Design and Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight Composite Structures"

A special issue of Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing (ISSN 2504-4494).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2022 | Viewed by 66

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dong Lin
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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Interests: three-dimensional printing of multifunctional aerogels; 3D printing of carbon fiber composites; metal additive manufacturing; metal matrix composites; laser processing
Dr. Kun Fu
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Guest Editor
Center for Composite Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Interests: additive manufacturing; textile-based functional device; fiber composite; energy
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Dr. Lei Chen
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (UM)-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128, USA
Interests: advanced manufacturing and materials design; metals and piezoelectric composites; computational materials; mechanics; energy systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a collective term for processes that fabricate 3D objects using layer-based material deposition. It enables the seamless integration of product design and manufacturing phases; thus, it offers significant advantages over conventional manufacturing. The design freedoms of AM offer a singular opportunity to revolutionize existing manufacturing boundaries for lightweight composite structures, especially for complex structures.

To date, the dominant part of the 3D printing industry has immensely relied on single-material printing. This issue, paired with limited choices of available resins compatible with commercial printers, has severely limited variations in the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of 3D-printed objects. These limitations have led to the development of multi-material printers with partial control on material composition and properties, offering layered composite materials. Furthermore, multiple printing heads have allowed for printing using blended composites with functional and variable features. The 3D printing of lightweight composites is currently conducted by stereolithography (SL), laminated object manufacturing (LOM), fused deposition modeling (FDM), selective laser sintering (SLS), and extrusion. This is one of the hottest topics in the field of AM and is under intense attention. This also offers a significant improvement in mechanical properties; however, it requires a complex procedure to be manufactured and is difficult to incorporate into processing. Implementing the traditional methods of composite manufacturing in AM requires novel technologies.

Dr. Dong Lin
Dr. Kun Fu
Dr. Lei Chen
Guest Editors

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  • additive manufacturing
  • lightweight composite
  • design and optimization
  • polymer matrix composites
  • metal matrix composites
  • ceramic matrix composites

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