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3D printing of weft knitted textile based structures by selective laser sintering of nylon powder

Beecroft, M (2016) 3D printing of weft knitted textile based structures by selective laser sintering of nylon powder. IOP Conference Series : Materials Science and Engineering, 137. ISSN 1757-8981

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Abstract

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing whereby the building up of layers of material creates objects. The selective laser sintering process (SLS) uses a laser beam to sinter powdered material to create objects. This paper builds upon previous research into 3D printed textile based material exploring the use of SLS using nylon powder to create flexible weft knitted structures. The results show the potential to print flexible textile based structures that exhibit the properties of traditional knitted textile structures along with the mechanical properties of the material used, whilst describing the challenges regarding fineness of printing resolution. The conclusion highlights the potential future development and application of such pieces.

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