Special Issue "Additive Manufacturing Materials and Their Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Ludwig Cardon
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Ghent University, Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Centre for Polymer and Material Technologies - CPMT, Ghent, Belgium
Interests: additive manufacturing; 3D printing; advanced polymer processing; polymer technology; materials engineering; composites; injection moulding; hybrid mould making; product development; circular economy

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is an innovative technology that offers many advantages for various industries, both at the material and processing level. AM offers many opportunities, encouraging the integration of smart production, digitalization, and advanced information technology within Industry 4.0. AM is essential as it allows the production of personalized products with shorter lead times, and less waste. It can reduce inventory, make complex parts on-demand, create smaller localized manufacturing environments, and reduce the cost and complexity of supply chains, therefore, reducing logistics needs. AM technologies are very promising due to their tremendous market and multicomponent compatibility for polymers, composites, metals, and ceramics.

Understand the fundamental relationship between the materials and processing environment and broadening the available materials is important for additive manufacturing of advanced engineering (e.g. automotive and aerospace sector), medical (e.g. scaffolds and tissue engineering), and related technologies. Achieving high product quality is another main and common research challenge. For almost all materials, AM relies on the transition of liquid phases into well-defined solid materials. This transition is influenced by many parameters in contrast to conventional manufacturing processes. These parameters can be either processing or material based.

In this Special Issue, there is a focus on the connection between the research field of materials science and AM processing. Both theoretical and experimental contributions can be submitted.

It is a pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue, including both full papers and reviews.

Prof. Ludwig Cardon
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • additive manufacturing
  • 3D printing
  • materials engineering
  • polymer engineering
  • hybrid moulds

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Stereolithographic Additive Manufacturing of High Precision Glass Ceramic Parts
Materials 2020, 13(7), 1492; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071492 - 25 Mar 2020
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Lithography based additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the most established and widely used 3D-printing processes. It has enabled the processing of many different materials from thermoplast-like polymers to ceramics that have outstanding feature resolutions and surface quality, with comparable properties of traditional [...] Read more.
Lithography based additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the most established and widely used 3D-printing processes. It has enabled the processing of many different materials from thermoplast-like polymers to ceramics that have outstanding feature resolutions and surface quality, with comparable properties of traditional materials. This work focuses on the processing of glass ceramics, which have high optical demands, precision and mechanical properties specifically suitable for dental replacements, such as crowns. Lithography-based ceramic manufacturing (LCM) has been chosen as the optimal manufacturing process where a light source with a defined wavelength is used to cure and structure ceramic filled photosensitive resins. In the case of glass ceramic powders, plastic flow during thermal processing might reduce the precision, as well as the commonly observed sintering shrinkage associated with the utilized temperature program. To reduce this problem, particular sinter structures have been developed to optimize the precision of 3D-printed glass ceramic crowns. To evaluate the precision of the final part, testing using digitizing methods from optical to tactile systems were utilized with the best results were obtained from micro computed tomography (CT) scanning. These methods resulted in an optimized process allowing for possible production of high precision molar crowns with dimensional accuracy and high reproducibility. Full article
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