Plasmas for additive manufacturing

Yongkun Sui, Christian A. Zorman, R. Mohan Sankaran

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Additive methods for manufacturing materials have recently emerged, particularly for the fabrication of three-dimensional architectures. Because of their long history in thin-film etching and deposition, plasmas offer unique advantages for many of the materials and surface processes associated with additive manufacturing. Here, we review recent efforts that have been primarily focused on the direct writing of patterned structures and the post-treatment of printed materials. Different configurations, materials, and applications are presented. Current challenges and a future outlook are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2000009
JournalPlasma Processes and Polymers
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • microdischarges
  • nanotechnology
  • roll-to-roll

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics


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