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Mechanical Properties of the Woven Natural Fiber Reinforced Sheet Stocks Used for the Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) Rapid Prototyping Process



This paper investigates the mechanical properties of potential sheet stocks of a Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) 3D printer made using woven jute fabrics infused with two types of bioresin. The combinations of bioresins and the reinforcements would make green sheet stocks that are expected to be environmentally friendly comparing to traditional synthetic fibers infused with regular resins. Pure resin samples are also involved for comparison purposes. Both tensile and flexural properties are measured following ASTM D638 and D3039 standards (for tensile tests) as well as ASTM D790 and D7264 standards (for flexural tests). Detailed processes of specimen preparation followed by test procedures are introduced. Tensile strengths and moduli as well as flexural strengths and moduli are obtained for comparison. Based on the study of the mechanical properties of both types of pure resin and woven jute fiber-reinforced composites, the research team concluded a few important findings that could be used as guidelines in the sheet stock selection and preparation for the LOM 3D printer that is currently under the building process.


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