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Published in: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 2/2024

11-03-2023 | ORIGINAL ARTICLE

A comprehensive methodology to support decision-making for additive manufacturing of short carbon-fiber reinforced polyamide 12 from energy, cost and mechanical perspectives

Authors: Thibault Le Gentil, Daniel Therriault, Olivier Kerbrat

Published in: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology | Issue 2/2024

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Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have transformed manufacturing, by providing greater control over material deposition and consumption. Thanks to greater customization and their high strength-to-mass ratio, the AM of composite materials has significantly grown over the past few years. The main focus in this research area is improving printing precision and higher production rates. However, there is a lack of thorough analysis on the energy consumption of fused filament fabrication (FFF) machines for composite manufacturing, especially when associated with mechanical and economic aspects. We designed an experimental method, based on flow analysis for measuring the impact of temperature parameters on total cost, energy consumption, and tensile resistance of composite parts made by FFF. The user should be able to improve FFF efficiency regarding economic, energy, and technical aspects and obtain recommendations for setting up and using the machine. This study confirms that combining traditional economic and technical indicators (total cost and tensile resistance) with emerging energy indicators (specific energy consumption) can be successfully applied to additive manufacturing to provide an overview of printing parameters impact. Results are yielding information to support optimization investigations depending on the need and goal. For example, two tested parameter combinations that offer similar tensile properties (4% reduction in tensile resistance compared to the best combination) show a 20% difference with lower energy consumption.

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Metadata
Title
A comprehensive methodology to support decision-making for additive manufacturing of short carbon-fiber reinforced polyamide 12 from energy, cost and mechanical perspectives
Authors
Thibault Le Gentil
Daniel Therriault
Olivier Kerbrat
Publication date
11-03-2023
Publisher
Springer London
Published in
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology / Issue 2/2024
Print ISSN: 0268-3768
Electronic ISSN: 1433-3015
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-023-11161-2

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