PA11 is a long-chain polyamide that comes from the transformation of castor oil. Surprisingly, PA11 shows outstanding properties when compared to other long-chain polyamides in many manufacturing methods, but especially in 3D-Printing. In this talk, the microscopic self-assembly of PA11 polymer chains and its consequences to the macroscopic mechanical behavior will be presented.
Data from X-Ray diffraction will be shared to help the audience fully understand the microscopic behavior of these polymers during the printing process.
- Understand the basics of long chain polymer chemistry and how the chains align to solidify into printed parts
- Describe the unique mechanical property difference between similar polymers PA11 and PA12
- Understand how the printing process affects the polymer chains and crystalline structures