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Flame Retardant Nylon 6 Nanocomposites for Fused Deposition Modeling

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Flame Retardant Nylon 6 Nanocomposites for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Applications


As one type of additive manufacturing method, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) has drawn tremendous interest both commercially and academically. The goal of this study was to develop a flame retardant (FR) nylon nanocomposite filament that is compatible with commercial FDM machines. While there are several formulations of FR nylon 6 available commercially, none of them have been used for FDM applications. In this study, a FR nylon 6 formulation developed previously by the Koo Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin was used to produce 1.75mm filaments for FDM. Extensive modifications were made to the extrusion collecting process for this additive manufacturing application including a custom spooling system and a water bath in order to fabricate the filament to meet specifications necessary for FDM. The authors tested the material's flammability properties using UL-94 vertical burning test and ablation properties using Oxy-acetylene Test Bed (OTB) testing. The results show that the FR nylon 6 filaments is a promising candidate for functional FDM filaments.


Authors: Matthew J. Richardson, Hao Wu, Travis J. Wilcox, Melissa Broaddus, Peter C. Lin, Mourad Krifa, and Joseph H. Koo


Conference: SAMPE Seattle 2017


SKU/Code: SE17--0521

Pages: 15


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