A model to compute the elastic modulus and tensile properties of 3D printed Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) is presented. The material under consideration is Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon (CFRN) produced in a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. A relationship between the nylon raster in each layer and the carbon fiber volume fraction was devised with the help of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Thirteen groups with different layer configurations and carbon-fiber percentages were formulated and tested to obtain the elastic modulus and tensile strength. This study focused only on the properties along the printed fiber direction. The results from these tests were analyzed within the rule of mixtures framework. The results suggest that the rule of mixtures can be successfully applied to unidirectional CFRP fabricated using additive manufacturing.

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