Effect of Architected Structural Members on the Viscoelastic Response of 3D Printed Simple Cubic Lattice Structures

Ahmed Abusabir, Muhammad A. Khan, Muhammad Asif, Kamran A. Khan

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Three-dimensional printed polymeric lattice structures have recently gained interests in several engineering applications owing to their excellent properties such as low-density, energy absorption, strength-to-weight ratio, and damping performance. Three-dimensional (3D) lattice structure properties are governed by the topology of the microstructure and the base material that can be tailored to meet the application requirement. In this study, the effect of architected structural member geometry and base material on the viscoelastic response of 3D printed lattice structure has been investigated. The simple cubic lattice structures based on plate-, truss-, and shell-type structural members were used to describe the topology of the cellular solid. The proposed lattice structures were fabricated with two materials, i.e., PLA and ABS using the material extrusion (MEX) process. The quasi-static compression response of lattice structures was investigated, and mechanical properties were obtained. Then, the creep, relaxation and cyclic viscoelastic response of the lattice structure were characterized. Both material and topologies were observed to affect the mechanical properties and time-dependent behavior of lattice structure. Plate-based lattices were found to possess highest stiffness, while the highest viscoelastic behavior belongs to shell-based lattices. Among the studied lattice structures, we found that the plate-lattice is the best candidate to use as a creep-resistant LS and shell-based lattice is ideal for damping applications under quasi-static loading conditions. The proposed analysis approach is a step forward toward understanding the viscoelastic tolerance design of lattice structures.

Original languageBritish English
Article number618
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • 3D lattice structure
  • 3D printing
  • ABS
  • Creep
  • Cyclic loading
  • FFF
  • PLA
  • Plate-based lattice
  • Relaxation
  • Shell-based lattice
  • Simple cubic lattice structures
  • Truss-based lattice
  • Viscoelastic behavior


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