The effect of geometry on mechanical properties of biodegradable polylactic-acid tensile-test specimens by material extrusion
conference contributionposted on 28.03.2019, 12:01 by Alper Ekinci, Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson, Andy GleadallAndy Gleadall, Xiaoxiao Han
Additive manufactured biomedical devices have been widely used in the biomedical fields due to the development of biomaterials and manufacturing techniques. Biodegradable Polylactic Acid-based polymers are the most common material that can be manufactured using material extrusion, one of the most widely known additive manufacturing methods. However, medical grade polymers are too expensive for degradation studies with common tensile specimens. Therefore, this paper aims to reduce the volume of the material used for manufacturing tensile specimen by introducing a new tensile specimen, Micro-X tensile specimen, developed for steel. Young’s Modulus and Ultimate Tensile Strength of micro-X tensile specimens were compared with the ASTM D1708 standard specimens. The experimental results showed that there is no significant difference in terms of mechanical properties. Furthermore, the micro-X tensile specimen was reduced the volume and as well as the cost by approximately 91% in comparison to ASTM D1708 standard tensile specimen.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering