Polymers for 3-D-Printed Tools at the Point of Need
Technical Report,18 Aug 2019,17 Sep 2019
CCDC Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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The use of 3-D-printed tools with locally available polymers has the potential to increase efficiency and operational readiness on the battlefield. Currently, the US military has plastic 3-D-printing capabilities at the point of need, but only a limited choice of polymers. This effort summarizes the work of two Weapons and Materials Research Directorate-sponsored student projects and compares many different types of common 3-D-printable polymers to determine which one may be best suitable for the harsh conditions and austere environments associated with forward-operating bases. These polymers were subjected to mechanical and environmental testing for the purpose of characterizing and ranking. Post-fracture optical microscopy was undertaken to better understand the failure modes associated with each of the different polymers.
- Polymer Chemistry
- Printing and Graphic Arts
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods