Guidelines when considering pre & post processing of large metal additive manufactured parts

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Abstract

Interest in additive manufacturing (AM) is continuing to increase year-on-year across many different industrial sectors as it can provide significant design flexibility for generating highly complex components. However, present barriers preclude the potential of additive processes from performing optimally. Some of the barriers/challenges are recognised as: i) development of standard procedures for powder recyclability to potentially reduce direct manufacturing cost and provide a positive impact on the sustainability of additive processes; ii) finishing features such as internal pathways or lattices which still present a huge barrier as good surface quality may be a critical variable for certain applications within medical and aerospace industries; and iii) geometric limitations, particularly for Directed Energy Deposition (DED) AM methods. Therefore, eliminating any additional post processes for finishing operations could be beneficial for the efficiency of these additive processes. These challenges are still under investigation, particularly for manufacturing small and medium size components. Further research is needed when scaling up the process for manufacturing larger metallic components. Therefore, this research aims to map the stages involved in an AM process for metals and highlights the considerations to be taken when manufacturing large titanium alloy components (i.e. 1000 mm x 500 mm x 500 mm) via DED. The outcome of this study consists of supporting guidelines when considering pre and post processing of large additive manufacturing components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-691
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2020
Event30th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2021 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 15 Jun 202118 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Directed energy deposition
  • Large scale additive manufacturing
  • Recyclability
  • Surface quality
  • Titanium alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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