In this study, we conducted a comprehensive experimental campaign aimed at controlling the final properties of 3D printed cellulose acetate. We equipped a commercial printer with a peristaltic pump to be able to print in a continuous fashion by means of the Direct Ink Writing technique. We investigated the effect of ink concentration and printing parameters on the density, mechanical and functional properties of printed objects. Furthermore, water absorption tests demonstrated the hygroscopic behavior of cellulose acetate, with higher water content in samples with lower densities. The diffusion of water within the polymer network followed Fickian diffusion, with the diffusion coefficient influenced by the density of samples. Overall, this study highlights the importance of printing conditions in achieving desired properties in 3D printed cellulose acetate. The ability to fine-tune the mechanical properties and water absorbance of 3D printed cellulose acetate makes it promising for applications in plant science and bioengineering. Highlights: Cellulose acetate has been 3D printed via Direct Ink Writing. The shear-thinning behavior allows for shape retention during printing. Density of printed samples is strongly controlled by printing parameters. Density of printed parts influences mechanical properties and water absorption.

Tailoring 3D printed cellulose acetate properties produced via direct ink writing: Densification through over-extrusion and evaporation rate control

Slejko E. A.
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Sesto Gorella N.;Scuor N.;Seriani S.
2023-01-01

Abstract

In this study, we conducted a comprehensive experimental campaign aimed at controlling the final properties of 3D printed cellulose acetate. We equipped a commercial printer with a peristaltic pump to be able to print in a continuous fashion by means of the Direct Ink Writing technique. We investigated the effect of ink concentration and printing parameters on the density, mechanical and functional properties of printed objects. Furthermore, water absorption tests demonstrated the hygroscopic behavior of cellulose acetate, with higher water content in samples with lower densities. The diffusion of water within the polymer network followed Fickian diffusion, with the diffusion coefficient influenced by the density of samples. Overall, this study highlights the importance of printing conditions in achieving desired properties in 3D printed cellulose acetate. The ability to fine-tune the mechanical properties and water absorbance of 3D printed cellulose acetate makes it promising for applications in plant science and bioengineering. Highlights: Cellulose acetate has been 3D printed via Direct Ink Writing. The shear-thinning behavior allows for shape retention during printing. Density of printed samples is strongly controlled by printing parameters. Density of printed parts influences mechanical properties and water absorption.
2023
23-ago-2023
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https://4spepublications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pen.26484
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