High Temperature Laser Sintering: An investigation into mechanical properties and shrinkage characteristics of Poly (Ether Ketone) structures
Evans, Kenneth E.
Materials and Design
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This paper presents an investigation into the properties of Poly Ether Ketone (PEK) components using the commercial high temperature laser sintering system, EOSINT P800. The shrinkage and the mechanical performance of components across the entire build chamber have been tested and a non-linear shrinkage profile has been obtained. The middle of the build chamber recorded the highest degree of shrinkage and the shrinkage in Z direction had the largest variation. The laser sintered components built in X and Y directions recorded a 10% lower tensile strength than the injection moulded samples of the same material where those built in the Z direction showed an approximately 50% decrease in strength in comparison with the injection moulded test specimens. The crystallinity between the skin and the core of the sintered samples was different; varied with the position within the build chamber and coincided with noticeable sample colour changes.
Copyright © 2014 Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Materials and Design. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Materials and Design, Vol. 61 (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2014.04.035
Vol. 61, pp. 124–132