Stereolithographic 3D Printing with Renewable Acrylates

Vincent S. D. Voet*, Geraldine H. M. Schnelting, Jin Xu, Katja Loos, Rudy Folkersma, Jan Jager

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The accessibility of cost-competitive renewable materials and their application in additive manufacturing is essential for an efficient biobased economy. We demonstrate the rapid prototyping of sustainable resins using a stereolithographic 3D printer. Resin formulation takes place by straightforward mixing of biobased acrylate monomers and oligomers with a photoinitiatior and optical absorber. Resin viscosity is controlled by the monomer to oligomer ratio and is determined as a function of shear rate by a rheometer with parallel plate geometry. A stereolithographic apparatus charged with the biobased resins is employed to produce complex shaped prototypes with high accuracy. The products require a posttreatment, including alcohol rinsing and UV irradiation, to ensure complete curing. The high feature resolution and excellent surface finishing of the prototypes is revealed by scanning electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58177
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number139
Publication statusPublished - Sept-2018


  • Chemistry
  • Issue 139
  • Additive
  • Manufacturing
  • Biobased
  • Sustainable
  • Photopolymer
  • Resin

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