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Small. 2013 Dec 20;9(24):4118-22. doi: 10.1002/smll.201300975. Epub 2013 Jul 4.

Solvent-cast three-dimensional printing of multifunctional microsystems.

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  • 1Laboratory of Multiscale Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering Department, Center for Applied Research on Polymers and composites (CREPEC), École Polytechnique de Montréal, C.P. 6079, succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC H3C 3A7, Canada.

Abstract

The solvent-cast direct-write fabrication of microstructures is shown using a thermoplastic polymer solution ink. The method employs the robotically controlled microextrusion of a filament combined with a rapid solvent evaporation. Upon drying, the increased rigidity of the extruded filament enables the creation of complex freeform 3D shapes.

KEYWORDS:

3D printing; microfabrication; polylactides; solvent-cast; thermoplastics

PMID:
23824963
DOI:
10.1002/smll.201300975
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