Effects of Degree of Particle Melt and Crystallinity in SLS Nylon-12 Parts

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2008-09-10

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Majewski, C. E.
Zarringhalam, H.
Hopkinson, N.

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) traces for SLS Nylon-12 parts display two distinct melt peaks, which have been related to the presence of both melted and crystallised regions, and un-melted particle cores within the part. The relative proportions of each region are defined by the term ‘Degree of Particle Melt’ (DPM), and have a large effect on the mechanical properties of a part. This paper demonstrates that the % crystallinity of SLS Nylon-12 parts is dependent on the DPM. Crucially, research has also shown that the trends for some tensile properties (notably Tensile Strength and Young’s Modulus) change once full melting is complete.

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