Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

ABS; Acetone smoothing; Additive manufacturing; FDM; Fused deposition modeling; Lattice structure


"Postprocessing is an important step in many manufacturing methods, but it is especially important for additive manufacturing. Researchers looking to improve the surface roughness of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) parts fabricated by fused deposition modeling (FDM) have determined that acetone smoothing not only achieves improved surface roughness but increases compressive strength as well. This could be very beneficial to lattice structures, which are known for already having an excellent strength to weight ratio. If the compressive strength of ABS lattice structures could be improved even further using acetone smoothing, it could expand the applications for plastic lattice structures and improve their uses across the board. However, the sensitivity of small-scale ABS parts to acetone smoothing has not been explored. In this study we investigated FDM-fabricated ABS lattice structures of various cell sizes subjected to cold acetone vapor smoothing to determine the combined effect of cell size and acetone smoothing on the compressive properties of the lattice structures. The acetone-smoothed specimens performed better than the as-built specimens in both compression modulus and maximum load, and there was a decrease in those compressive properties with decreasing cell size. The difference between as-built and acetone-smoothed specimens was found to increase with decreasing cell size for the maximum load"--Abstract, page iv.


Leu, M. C. (Ming-Chuan)

Committee Member(s)

Chandrashekhara, K.
Liou, Frank W.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2019


ix, 32 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11639

Electronic OCLC #