Optimization and testing of hybrid 3D printing vitrimer resins
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The quality of photocure-based 3D printing greatly depends on the properties of the photoresin. There are still many challenges to be overcome at the material level before such additive manufacturing methods dominate the manufacturing industry. To contribute to this exciting re-search, an acrylate-epoxy hybrid and vitrimeric photoresin was studied to reveal the formulation parameters that could be leveraged to obtain improved processability, mechanical performance, and repairability/reprocessability. As the network becomes more lightly or densely crosslinked as a result of changing monomer compositions, or as its components are compatibilized to different extents by varying the types and loadings of the coupling agents, its thermomechanical, tensile, and vitrimeric behaviors are impacted. Using a particular formulation with a high concentration of dynamic ß-hydroxyester linkages, samples are 3D printed and tested for repair and recyclability. When processed at sufficiently high temperatures, transesterification reactions are triggered, allowing for the full recovery of the tensile properties of the repaired or recycled materials, despite their inherently crosslinked structure.
CitationCasado, J. [et al.]. Optimization and testing of hybrid 3D printing vitrimer resins. "Polymers", 24 Novembre 2022, vol. 14, núm. 23.