3D printing technology using high viscous materials - Synthesis of functional materials and fabrication of 3D metal structure

Seongik Hong, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

In the 3D printing technology, the research for using various materials has been performing. In this research work, 3D printable high viscous materials are suggested as one of the solutions for problems in the traditional 3D printing technology. ^ First, Cu-Ag coreshell was synthesized as a functional material. In terms of the reaction rate, reaction rate limiting step was defined as a fundamental research, and then prepared Cu-Ag coreshell was printed and analyzed. Second, the high viscous Cu paste was prepared and then metal 3D printed structure was fabricated by using new printing method. ^ In the synthesis of Cu-Ag coreshell, different sizes of Cu particle, 2&mgr;m and 100nm were used, and when 2&mgr;m Cu was applied, the reaction rate was limited by film diffusion control. However, when 100nm Cu was applied, reaction rate was controlled by CuO film and the rate of the reaction, which includes removing CuO film in the solution, is limited by chemical reaction control. The shape of Cu-Ag particle is spherical in the 2&mgr;m Cu condition and dendrite shape in the 100nm Cu condition respectively. The conductivity of Cu-Ag coreshell paste increased as increasing content of coreshell particle in the paste and sintering temperature. ^ In order to print high viscous metal paste, the high viscous Cu paste was printed by using screw extruder, and the viscosity of Cu paste was measured as a fundamental research. As increasing wt.% of Cu in the paste, the viscosity also increased. In addition, the shrinkage factor was reduced by increasing wt.% of Cu in the paste. An optimized printing condition for the high viscous material was obtained, and by using this condition, 3D metal structure was fabricated. The final product was heat treated and polished. Through these processes, a fine quality of metal 3D structure was printed. ^

Subject Area

Engineering, Materials Science

Recommended Citation

Hong, Seongik, "3D printing technology using high viscous materials - Synthesis of functional materials and fabrication of 3D metal structure" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1583920.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1583920

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