Multi-Material 3D Printing of Biobased Epoxy Resins

Matteo Bergoglio, Elisabeth Rossegger, Sandra Schlögl, Thomas Griesser, Christoph Waly, Florian Arbeiter, Marco Sangermano

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has revolutionised the manufacturing industry, offering versatile capabilities for creating complex geometries directly from a digital design. Among the various 3D printing methods for polymers, vat photopolymerisation combines photochemistry and 3D printing. Despite the fact that single-epoxy 3D printing has been explored, the fabrication of multi-material bioderived epoxy thermosets remains unexplored. This study introduces the feasibility and potential of multi-material 3D printing by means of a dual-vat Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology, focusing on bioderived epoxy resins such as ELO (epoxidized linseed oil) and DGEVA (vanillin alcohol diglycidyl ether). By integrating different materials with different mechanical properties into one sample, this approach enhances sustainability and offers versatility for different applications. Through experimental characterisation, including mechanical and thermal analysis, the study demonstrates the ability to produce structures composed of different materials with tailored mechanical properties and shapes that change on demand. The findings underscore the promising technology of dual-vat DLP technology applied to sustainable bioderived epoxy monomers, allowing sustainable material production and complex structure fabrication.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1510
Number of pages18
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2024

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  • 3D printing
  • biobased
  • epoxy thermosets
  • multi-materials
  • photopolymers

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