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On the thermal processing and mechanical properties of 3D-printed polyether ether ketone

  • Russell Wang (a1), Kang-jie Cheng (a2), Rigoberto C. Advincula (a3) and Qiyi Chen (a3)


Because of its unique mechanical, chemical, and biological properties, 3D-printed polyether ether ketone (PEEK) has great potential as customized bone replacement and other metal alloy implant replacement. PEEK samples were printed using fused deposition modeling (FDM) and evaluated in terms of their dimensional accuracy, crystallinity, and mechanical properties. Crystallinity and mechanical properties increased with elevated chamber temperature and post-printing annealing. Variations of material properties from three printers are evident. Many factors affect the quality of 3D-printed PEEK. Future FDA regulations for 3D-printed products are needed for this highly customizable manufacturing process to ensure safety and effectiveness for biomedical applications.


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On the thermal processing and mechanical properties of 3D-printed polyether ether ketone

  • Russell Wang (a1), Kang-jie Cheng (a2), Rigoberto C. Advincula (a3) and Qiyi Chen (a3)


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