Virtual and Physical Prototyping (Dec 2023)

Investigation of the mechanical properties of polyimide fiber/polyamide 12 composites printed by Multi Jet Fusion

  • Mei Chen,
  • Yanbei Hou,
  • Ran An,
  • Wei Shian Tey,
  • Ming Gao,
  • Jiayao Chen,
  • Lihua Zhao,
  • Kun Zhou

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 18, no. 1


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Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) has attracted extensive attention because of its ability to print support-free complex structures. However, the mechanical properties of MJF-printed polymer parts are still unsatisfactory for certain industrial requirements. Herein, by leveraging the fibre reinforcement effect and high specific strength of polyimide (PI) fibres, this work developed PI/polyamide 12 (PA12) composites with largely enhanced mechanical performance via MJF. Specifically, the tensile strength and modulus were increased by 43% and 42%, and the flexural strength and modulus were improved by 39% and 46%, respectively, compared to those of the neat PA12 parts. Furthermore, the incorporation of lightweight PI fibres endowed the composites with high specific tensile strength (67.60 kN·m/kg) and specific flexural strength (93.70 kN·m/kg), which are superior to those of MJF-printed PA12 composites reinforced with other fibres. This work provides new insights into enhancing the mechanical performance of lightweight parts printed by MJF and other powder-based techniques.