Thomas Fabian PhD, Research Manager, Commercial & Industrial R&D, UL
Melissa Albrecht, Global Operations Manager, UL Digital Manufacturing Technologies, UL
Existing standards are sufficient for traditional manufacturing materials and techniques, however, they do not address the risk variables that are introduced with advanced technologies. Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry leaders have recognized the inherent variability within the technology’s processes and materials. This variability produces uncertainty in part quality which, in turn, creates an increased need for process control and reliability.
During the past two years, UL has studied the challenges in AM and identified key gaps in material and process characterization. Based on internal research specific to polymers (both consumer and industrial), This presentation will provide insights on the effects of 3D printing on the flammability, ignition, electrical and thermal distortion material properties critical to product design and highlight an approach to address the gap in performance between 3D printed parts and conventionally manufactured parts.