Sensing Optimization of Thermoplastics and Ceramics Fabricated Through Additive Manufacturing

Cory Marquez, University of Texas at El Paso


The objective of this research is to fabricate and optimize thermoplastic and ceramic materials that can be fabricated for Laser Sintering (LS), Direct Ink Write (DIW), and Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing. The fabrication of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) thermoplastic particles into spherical allow for better flowability and packing density for LS printing which results in better printability and an increase in mechanical properties. The fabrication of clay ceramic allows the printability application for DIW with the implementation of an embedded wireless temperature and relative humidity sensor. The use of FFF multi-material printing allowed the capabilities of 3D printing a UHF RFID passive sensor with copper (Cu) and zirconium silicate (ZrSiO4) as the primary materials. The use of this material is based on the chemical and thermal properties, along with easy fabrication method, reusability and environmental friendliness.

Subject Area

Mechanical engineering|Materials science

Recommended Citation

Marquez, Cory, "Sensing Optimization of Thermoplastics and Ceramics Fabricated Through Additive Manufacturing" (2023). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30423112.