Polyamic acid (PAA) salts are amenable to photocuring additive manufacturing processes of all-aromatic polyimides. Due to an all-aromatic structure, these high-performance polymers are exceptionally chemically and thermally stable but are not conventionally processable in their imidized form. The facile addition of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) to commercially available poly(4,4′-oxydiphenylene pyromellitamic acid) (PMDA-ODA PAA) afforded ultraviolet curable PAA salt solutions. These readily prepared solutions do not require multistep synthesis, exhibited fast gel times (<5 s), and rendered high G′ gel-state moduli. Vat photopolymerization 3D printing afforded self-supporting organogels. Subsequent thermal treatment rendered the cross-linked PAA precursor to all-aromatic PMDA-ODA polyimide. This fast and facile strategy makes PMDA-ODA polyimides accessible in three dimensions and offers impact on aerospace or automotive technologies.
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