Advanced material strategies for next-generation additive manufacturing

Jinke Chang, Jiankang He, Mao Mao, Wenxing Zhou, Qi Lei, Xiao Li, Dichen Li, Chee Kai Chua, Xin Zhao

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has drawn tremendous attention in various fields. In recent years, great efforts have been made to develop novel additive manufacturing processes such as micro-/nano-scale 3D printing, bioprinting, and 4D printing for the fabrication of complex 3D structures with high resolution, living components, and multimaterials. The development of advanced functional materials is important for the implementation of these novel additive manufacturing processes. Here, a state-of-the-art review on advanced material strategies for novel additive manufacturing processes is provided, mainly including conductive materials, biomaterials, and smart materials. The advantages, limitations, and future perspectives of these materials for additive manufacturing are discussed. It is believed that the innovations of material strategies in parallel with the evolution of additive manufacturing processes will provide numerous possibilities for the fabrication of complex smart constructs with multiple functions, which will significantly widen the application fields of next-generation additive manufacturing.
Original languageEnglish
Article number166
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2018


  • 4D printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioprinting
  • Conductive materials
  • Micro-/nano-scale 3D printing
  • Smart materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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