The Development of an All-polymer-based Piezoelectric Photocurable Resin for Additive Manufacturing

Xiangfan Chen, Henry Oliver T. Ware, Evan Baker, Weishen Chu, Jianmin Hu, Cheng Sun

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In this work, we report the development of an all-polymer-based piezoelectric photocurable resin (V-Ink) suitable for additive manufacturing processes based on light-controlled polymerization techniques. By taking into account the trade off between the manufacturability and piezoelectric characteristics, the optimized V-Ink contains 35 wt.% of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) particles being suspended in the photocurable resin. We have successfully demonstrated a 3D printed piezoelectrically-active thick film with an optimized piezoelectric voltage coefficient (g33) of 105.12 × 10-3 V·m/N. We envision this new materials will bring promising opportunities for additive manufacturing of flexible functional devices, especially for novel applications in biosensing and detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd CIRP Conference on BioManufacturing 2017 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jul 11 2017Jul 14 2017


  • additive manufacturing
  • all-polymer-based
  • piezoelectric photocurable resin
  • projection stereolithography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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