Applications of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers in Additive Manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing technologies are these years entering the market of functional final parts. Initial research has been performed targeting the integration of fibers into additive manufactured plastic composites. Major advantages, among others, are for example increased tensile strength and Young's modulus. Key challenges in the field, as of now, are proper fiber placement, fiber seizing, an increased knowledge in the used materials and how they are applied into engineering solutions through proper control of the additive manufacturing process. The aim of this research is the improved understanding of fiber-reinforcement in additive manufacturing in terms of production and application. Vat polymerization and material extrusion techniques for composite additive manufacturing were investigated with respect of increasing adhesion between the matrix material and the fibers. Process optimization was performed in order to avoid matrix cracks and delamination.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Pages (from-to)312-316
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event1st CIRP Conference On Composite Materials Parts Manufacturing - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 8 Jun 20179 Jun 2017


Conference1st CIRP Conference On Composite Materials Parts Manufacturing

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Copyright 2017: The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Plastic Composites
  • Fiber-reinforcement
  • Fiber placement


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