Challenges and advancements in additive manufacturing of nylon and nylon composite materials: a comprehensive analysis of mechanical properties, morphology, and recent progress

Babak Safaei*, Amin Memarzadeh, Mohammed Asmael, Saeid Sahmani, Qasim Zeeshan, Tien-Chien Jen, Zhaoye Qin*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM), a quickly-changing field, is reshaping industries by producing novel and customized materials quickly and efficiently. AM deviates from conventional subtractive processes by enabling layer-by-layer production of products with computer-aided design (CAD) software. This process offers unique advantages for niche applications, such as metamaterial properties. Numerous industries have adopted this adaptable and aesthetically pleasing technology. For 3D printing, nylon, known for its strength, durability, and flexibility, has become the material of choice, especially when creating complex objects. Though it suffers from some difficulties, such as stretching and shrinking, as the most common AM method for nylon, material extrusion takes advantage of its superior mechanical properties and reliability. The processes, morphological traits, and mechanical properties of the AM of nylon and nylon composite materials are all covered in this thorough review, which methodically focuses on the body of current research. Tensile, flexural strength, and hardness are the main mechanical properties explored in this review, considering subtleties found in previous research. The paper ends with a research analysis viewpoint, pointing out managerial and theoretical gaps based on the body of literature and advocating for more studies to improve AM procedures. This succinct but comprehensive review offers insightful guidance on overcoming obstacles and leveraging advances in AM materials.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Materials Engineering and Performance
Publication statusAccepted - 03 Feb 2024

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