Effect of Various Infrared Heaters on Sintering Behavior of UHMWPE in Selective Inhibition Sintering Process
Tesfaye Kebede1, Balasubramanian Esakki2
1Tesfaye Kebede Ali, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.
2Balasubramanian Esakki, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.
Manuscript received on July 20, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on August 10, 2019. | Manuscript published on August 30, 2019. | PP: 725-731 | Volume-8 Issue-6, August 2019. | Retrieval Number: F8316088619/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.F8316.088619
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Abstract: Selective inhibition sintering (SIS) is an emerging powder-based additive manufacturing technology that creates polymer or metal based parts through adhesion of layer-by-layer from three-dimensional computer-aided design model. Replacement of costly laser system in selective laser sintering tremendously reduces the cost of manufacturing. SIS attempts to incorporate low cost heaters to achieve efficient sintering for production of high quality parts. However, SIS demands uniform heating of each layer for effective sintering. The present study focused on examining the heating characteristics of three different types of infrared heaters with respect to various layer thickness and determining the optimal distance between the heating surface and the powder bed. Experiments are conducted using the low-cost heaters to obtain uniform distribution of heat energy across the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) powder surface. The thermal and optical images are captured to observe the temperature distribution on the powder and the surface roughness. Tensile and compressive specimens were fabricated and their corresponding strength was determined and surface roughness was measured to study the surface characteristics of the parts.
Keywords: Selective inhibition sintering (SIS)), Infrared heater, Polymer, Sintering.