Lignin-Containing Photoactive Resins for 3D Printing by Stereolithography

Jordan T. Sutton, Kalavathy Rajan, David P. Harper, Stephen C. Chmely

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Generating compatible and competitive materials that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable is paramount for the success of additive manufacturing using renewable materials. We report the successful application of renewable, modified lignin-containing photopolymer resins in a commercial stereolithography system. Resins were fabricated within operable ranges for viscosity and cure properties, using up to 15% modified lignin by weight. A 4-fold increase in ductility in cured parts with higher lignin concentration is noted compared to commercial stereolithography resins. Excellent print quality was seen in modified lignin resins, with good layer fusion, high surface definition, and visual clarity. These materials can be used to generate new products for additive manufacturing applications and help fill vacant material property spaces, where ductility, sustainability, and application costs are critical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36456-36463
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 24 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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