12.05.2021 von Milena Riedl, Dr. Natalie Rudolph

Material Science in Additive Manufacturing: Thermoplastics and Thermosets

Thermoplastics and thermosets are important materials in Additive Manufacturing. Learn about the difference between monomers and polymers, their molecular structures and distinct characteristics.

Several materials are used in industrial additive manufacturing (AM). In the last episode of our advanced section of our “Material Science in Additive Manufacturing” video series, we highlighted the most important material groups.

This week’s topic: Material Science of Plastic Materials: Thermoplastics and Thermosets

Now, we focus on understanding the science of plastic materials:

  • Difference between monomers and polymers
  • Molecular structure of monomers and polymers
  • Distinct characteristics of thermoplastics and thermosets

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