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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using bamboo fiber in 3D printing experiments to determine whether bio-based feedstock materials are feasible in additive manufacturing.

Chopped bamboo fibers were added to a bio-polymer resin to create bamboo-based pellets, resulting in a more sustainable material that can be used for manufacturing molds, prototypes, appliances and furniture. The research team 3D printed a table that contains 10 percent bamboo fiber composite.

“We are investigating the use of different types of cellulose fibers to develop feedstock materials with better mechanical performance that can increase the number of available composites and opportunities for sustainable practices,” ORNL’s Soydan Ozcan said.

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