The present paper aims at studying the effect of geometric parameters and moisture content on the mechanical performances of 3D-printed isogrid structures in short carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide (namely Carbon PA). Four different geometric isogrid configurations were manufactured, both in the undried and dried condition. The dried isogrid structures were obtained by removing the moisture from the samples through a heating at 120 °C for 4 h. To measure the quantity of removed moisture, samples were weighted before and after the drying process. Tensile tests on standard specimens and buckling tests on isogrid panels were performed. Undried samples were tested immediately after 3D printing. It was observed that the dried samples are characterized by both Young modulus and ultimate tensile strength values higher than those provided by the undried samples. Similar results were obtained by the compression tests since, for a given geometric isogrid configuration, an increase in the maximum load of the dried structure was detected as compared to the undried one. Such discrepancy tends to increase as the structure with the lowest thickness value investigated is considered. Finally, scanning electron microscopy was carried out in order to analyze the fractured samples and to obtain high magnification three-dimensional topography of fractured surfaces after testing.
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