论文期刊

Accelerated refilling speed in rapid stereolithography based on nano-textured functional release film




作者: Li Wang*, Yu Luo*, Zhiqiang Yang, Wanjing Dai, Xiaoyang Liu, Jingyuan Yang, Bing
发表/完成日期: 2019-07-15
期刊名称: Additive Manufacturing
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论文简介
Nowadays, along with the demand for new technologies and new materials, a revolution in 3D printing technology is emerging. In recent years, stereolithography 3D printing has been widely used in both academia and industry, due to its fast forming speed, high precision, and low-cost advantages. The continuous liquid interface production technology has made the printing speed even faster. However, the process of resin refilling constrains the printing speed and the printing capabilities of such technologies, since only hollow structures can be fabricated. In this study, a nano-textured hydrophobic PDMS contacting layer and an oxygen-permeable membrane were bonded together as the functional release film. The oxygen inhibition layer was successfully maintained by the molecular oxygen permeated through the composite release film, achieving rapid stereolithography, and key factors that affecting resin refilling are selectively studied by the orthogonal experiment. Crucially, according to the simulation and experimental results, the adoption of the hydrophobic nano-texture not only increased the refilling speed of the resin by two times and reduced the printing time by nearly 25%, but also improved the printing reliability by reducing the vacuum (negative pressure) caused by the original slow refilling speed. Additionally, optical simulations also demonstrated that the nano-texture would not influence the curing effect of the resin. This work proposed a promising strategy for rapid stereolithography of 3D models containing larger cross-sectional areas.