Title: Impact of processing parameters on fatigue life of fused filament fabricated parts: application of central composite design and genetic algorithm tools
Authors: Boppana V. Chowdary; Aaron Alleyne Bob
Addresses: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago ' Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Abstract: Generally, components tend to fail due to cyclic loading; therefore study of fatigue life of products is a critical issue. The purpose of this study is to develop a predictive model relating the process parameters with fatigue life of fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology-based 3D-printed parts. Test specimens are printed using a desktop FFF 3D printer to suit a laboratory-based fatigue testing machine. Response surface methodology-based central composite design method was used for the design of experiments to obtain a regression model for prediction of response. Lastly, genetic algorithm solver was used to optimise the predictive model results. Number of contours, layer thickness and raster width were found to have a significant effect while raster angle had very little effect on the fatigue life of FFF-based 3D printed parts. In addition, it was observed that there is a high significant interaction between layer thickness and raster width of the FFF specimens.
Keywords: additive manufacturing; fused filament fabrication; FFF; polylactic acid; PLA; fatigue life; genetic.
International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 2021 Vol.10 No.1, pp.80 - 104
Received: 15 Feb 2021
Accepted: 10 Aug 2021
Published online: 04 Jan 2022 *