Nearly Perfect 3D Structures Obtained by Assembly of Printed Parts of Polyamide Ionene Self-Healing Elastomer
Herein, we demonstrate 3D printing of an elastomeric imidazolium polyamide-ionene which exhibits intrinsic shape-memory (SM) and self-healing (SH) character, reporting optimized printing conditions and rheological properties. This study shows the suitability of this material for 3D-printing via fused deposition modeling. The 3D-printed objects retain elasticity and SM when external force is applied, and the elastomeric character is quantified via mechanical testing. This work highlights the benefits of SH behavior as a design feature combatting inherent material weaknesses or insufficient adhesion at seams and layer junctions. DFT calculations confirmed the importance of ionic interactions and H-bonding in the SH process.