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Engineering and Applied Science - Mechanical
The objective of this research was to investigate the use of nano- and microparticle amendments for the creation of Poly-lactic Acid composite materials for use in biomedical applications using the Fused Filament Fabrication process of Additive Manufacturing. Composites were created with the goal of imparting the useful properties of antimicrobial activity and x-ray absorption to the material. In addition to testing the efficacy of the particle amendments in achieving the desired properties, the thermal and mechanical properties of the composite materials were tested to ensure that the composites would be compatible with the Fused Filament Fabrication process and would produce a robust end product. In general, the sought-after properties were observed, while mechanical strength was reduced at high particle concentrations.
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Arnold, John M. Jr, "Advancing Additive Manufacturing for Biomedical Applications: Antimicrobial and X-ray Absorptive Composite Filaments for Fused Filament Fabrication" (2023). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 3123.