Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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July 25, 2005
HIGHLIGHT: New Materials for Rapid Prototyping Applications
J. Stampfl,* R. Liska*
Rapid prototyping (RP) is a widely used manufacturing tool in the product development cycle. This Highlight gives a brief overview of the currently available RP techniques with special emphasis on three-dimensional (3D) printing. By using polymer ionomers some of the drawbacks of 3D printing can be eliminated. The article describes the chemical background of polymer ionomers and the relevance of these materials for future developments in RP.