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Reactive polymer fused deposition manufacturing

United States Patent

May 16, 2017
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Methods and compositions for additive manufacturing that include reactive or thermosetting polymers, such as urethanes and epoxies. The polymers are melted, partially cross-linked prior to the depositing, deposited to form a component object, solidified, and fully cross-linked. These polymers form networks of chemical bonds that span the deposited layers. Application of a directional electromagnetic field can be applied to aromatic polymers after deposition to align the polymers for improved bonding between the deposited layers.
Kunc; Vlastimil (Concord, TN), Rios; Orlando (Knoxville, TN), Love; Lonnie J. (Knoxville, TN), Duty; Chad E. (Loudon, TN), Johs; Alexander (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
14/ 252,423
April 14, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.