A Layered-Manufacturing Process For the Fabrication of Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Composites

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1997

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Zak, G.
Sela, M.N.
Park, C.B.
Benhabib, B.

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In this paper, we present a rapid manufacturing process for the layered fabrication of polymer-based composite parts using short discontinuous fibers as reinforcements. In the recent past, numerous research efforts, similar to ours, have been made to produce fiber-reinforced plastic parts via layered manufacturing methods. However, most of these attempts have not resulted in the development of an effective commercially-viable manufacturing process. Our proposed fabrication process on the other hand has been experimentally verified to yield composite parts comparable in quality to pure polymer parts manufactured on a commercial stereolithography system.

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