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The potential of electrospinning in rapid manufacturing processes

Mitchell, G. R., Ahn, K.-h. and Davis, F. J. (2011) The potential of electrospinning in rapid manufacturing processes. Virtual & Physical Prototyping, 6 (2). pp. 63-77. ISSN 1745-2767

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/17452759.2011.590387

Abstract/Summary

We review the process of electrospinning and how this new technique for generating a rich morphology of nano and micro scale fibres sits alongside established procedures for rapid manufacturing. We introduce the key elements of electrospinning and how these influence the nature and distribution of the fibres produced. We describe the range of polymers available for electrospinning and the limitations to the use of these materials. Using this base we review the potential approaches to using electrospinning as part of a broader rapid manufacturing system and the possible applications for such a hybrid system.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) > Electron Microscopy Laboratory (CAF)
ID Code:22018
Uncontrolled Keywords:electrospinning, hybrid rapid manufacturing, nanofibres, fabrication
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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