An Overview of Recent Trends in Additive Manufacturing with Polymer Powders, Production, Applications and Developments

Harry Chiririwa

Department of Chemical Engineering, Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021, Vanderbijlpark, 1911 Andries Potgieter Blvd, South Africa

*Corresponding author: E-mail: harrychiririwa@yahoo.com

Abstract

In this article, an overview of three dimensional printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), with a focus on polymers is presented. As a starting point the additive manufacturing concept is described. Several well established technologies, including their advantages and drawbacks and a list of polymers, which are commonly used in commercial printers are evaluated and outlined. The additive manufacturing applications together with the key developments are also presented. The article further highlights major industrial applications, directions for promising research are identified, possible full exploitation potential of additive manufacturing in industries and finally outlines future challenges in this rapidly growing industries.

Keywords

Additive manufacturing, Additive manufacturing technologies, Applications, Developments, Challenges.

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