Distribution and Orientation of Carbon Fibers in Polylactic Acid Parts Produced by Fused Deposition Modeling

Thomas Hofstätter, Ingomar W. Gutmann, Thomas Koch, David Bue Pedersen, Guido Tosello, Gertraud Heinz, Hans Nørgaard Hansen

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The aim of this paper is the understanding of the fiber orientation by investigations in respect to the inner configuration of a polylactic acid matrix reinforced with short carbon fibers after a fused deposition modeling extrusion process. The final parts were analyzed by X-ray, tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging allowing a resolved orientation of the fibers and distribution within the part. The research contributes to the understanding of the fiber orientation and fiber reinforcement of fused deposition modeling parts in additive manufacturing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASPE Summer Topical Meeting 2016 : Dimensional Accuracy and Surface Finish in Additive Manufacturing
Number of pages6
PublisherASPE – The American Society for Precision Engineering
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)9781887706711
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventASPE Summer Topical Meeting 2016 - Marriott Raleigh City Center, Raleigh, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016


ConferenceASPE Summer Topical Meeting 2016
LocationMarriott Raleigh City Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Additive Manufacturing Technology
  • Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Biomaterials
  • Fiber- Reinforced Polymers
  • Carbon Fibers


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