You might already know 3D printing technology hearing about its production of bridges, homes, or parts of airplane engines or cars. 3D printing technology is known as the technology of the future with the ability to connect with smart devices and print most materials and even the most complex structures. 3D printing technology is predicted to be a key component of the smart factory in Industry 4.0.
The 3D printing process begins when mechanical engineers build 3D drawings of parts or products that need to be printed. After analysis and optimization, 3D designs on the computer will be sent to the printer for printing. To create 3D shapes, the machine will print 2D layers and overlap. You can imagine the printing process is such as building a pyramid or assembling pieces of Lego.
Despite possessing many outstanding advantages that no one manufacturing method has such as design complexity as well as minimizing the assembly of components, 3D printing technology still has many disadvantages such as high cost, low surface smoothness as well as printing stability. Scientists and technology companies around the world have been making great efforts to bring universal printing technology in industry and everyday life one day not far away.
In the new article published in Polymers magazine, ranked Q1 (the highest rating according to Scimago, a leading authority in the ranking of research projects), Dr. Do Tho Truong (College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity) concomitantly with Dr. Phuong Tran (3D printing research center, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) summarized, analyzed, and evaluated 260 recent research works of 3D printing technology on polymer and composite materials. The properties of the material, the defects of the printed object, and the handling measures to improve the print quality have been evaluated and judged in detail and overall. The article contributes to the 3D printing research community for a better overview of 3D printing technology on polymer and composite materials.
Dr. Do Tho Truong graduated with a Ph.D. in 3D Printing Technology from Michigan State University, USA, after which he participated in research for a 3D printing development project sponsored by NASA at a large 3D printing top center in the United States at Louisville University, Kentucky. Returning to research and teaching at VinUni University, Dr. Truong wishes to contribute to the development of 3D printing technology research in Vietnam, as well as work with students of the Mechanical Engineering program of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity to make 3D printers soon. VinUniversity is and will be investing in a state-of-the-art 3D printing laboratory for students of Mechanical Engineering to practice on state-of-the-art 3D printers.