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A Study on the Influence of Process Parameters on the Viscoelastic Properties of ABS Components Manufactured by FDM Process

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Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a fast growing Rapid Prototyping (RP) technology due to its ability to build parts having complex geometrical shape in reasonable time period. The quality of built parts depends on many process variables. In this study, the influence of three FDM process parameters namely, slice height, raster angle and raster width on viscoelastic properties of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) RP-specimen is studied. Statistically designed experiments have been conducted for finding the optimum process parameter setting for enhancing the storage modulus. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis has been used to understand the viscoelastic properties at various parameter settings. At the optimal parameter setting the storage modulus and loss modulus of the ABS-RP specimen was 1008 and 259.9 MPa respectively. The relative percentage contribution of slice height and raster width on the viscoelastic properties of the FDM-RP components was found to be 55 and 31 % respectively.

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This paper is the expanded version of the article entitled, ‘‘A Study on the Influence of Process Parameters on the Viscoelastic Properties of ABS Components Manufactured by FDM process’’ was presented in ‘‘International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (ICAM3D 2015)” held at Chennai, India during February 6-7, 2015.

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Dakshinamurthy, D., Gupta, S. A Study on the Influence of Process Parameters on the Viscoelastic Properties of ABS Components Manufactured by FDM Process. J. Inst. Eng. India Ser. C 99, 133–138 (2018).

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