Jules Harings speaks at the 3D Printing Materials Conference. Title of his presentation: “Polymer science in additive manufacturing; The inevitable need of a 4th dimension”. Jules is Assistent Professor Macromolecular Physics & Technology at Maastricht University.
Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, is a rapid developing technology that offers extraordinary dimensional flexibility and control in the manufacturing of complex geometries. Exquisite examples are found in metals, like patient specific implants, and even in printing of biological tissue. However, additive manufacturing with/using polymers serves solely rapid prototyping. Failing of layered “welds” prevents a macroscopic contribution of intrinsic material properties under load. Here, polymer science and the introduction of time as a 4th dimension are inevitably needed to convert additive manufacturing of polymers from a merely prototyping into a production technology for advanced applications.
About Jules Harings
Jules Harings is asst. Prof. Macromolecular Physics & Technology at Maastricht University. He received his PhD in Polymer Technology from Eindhoven Technical University under supervision of Prof. P.J. Lemstra and Prof. S. Rastogi in 2009. After a four year’s period as industrial Research Scientist and project leader fiber physics and new product development at Teijin Aramid, he returned to academics at Maastricht University in 2013. His research focuses on studying, understanding and technically tailoring/exploiting the behaviour of macromolecules from nano- to macroscopic length scales.
About Maastricht University, Polymer Science & Technology Group
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