Implementing FDM 3D printing strategies using natural fibers to produce biomass composite

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Current environmental concerns have led to a search of more environmentally friendly manufacturing methods; thus, natural fibers have gained attention in the 3D printing industry to be used as bio-filters along with thermoplastics. The utilization of natural fibers is very convenient as they are easily available, cost-effective, eco-friendly, and biodegradable. Using natural fibers rather than synthetic fibers in the production of the 3D printing filaments will reduce gas emissions associated with the production of the synthetic fibers that would add to the current pollution problem. As a matter of fact, natural fibers have a reinforcing effect on plastics. This review analyzes how the properties of the different polymers vary when natural fibers processed to produce filaments for 3D Printing are added. The results of using natural fibers for 3D Printing are presented in this study and appeared to be satisfactory, while a few studies have reported some issues.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4065
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • 3D printing
  • Biofilters
  • FDM
  • Mechanical properties
  • Natural fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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