Microwave welding could make inter-layer bonds in 3D printed parts stronger, say Texas A&M researchers

Microwave welding could make inter-layer bonds in 3D printed parts stronger, say Texas A&M researchers

Researchers at Texas A&M University say they have discovered a way to make 3D printed parts stronger and more useful for real-world applications. The method involves bonding layers of a 3D printed part in a microwave using carbon nanotube-polymer composites. For most 3D printer users, microwaves are used to warm up pizza pockets between print jobs. But for a group of researchers at Texas A&M University, the wave-generating ovens are playing a much more important role: strengthening the bonds between print layers. Brandon Sweeney, a doctoral student in Texas A&M’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, recently teamed up […]

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