Dimensional accuracy of titanium direct metal laser sintered parts

W. F. Mitchell, D. C. Lang, T. A. Merdes, E. W. Reutzel, G. S. Welsh

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Abstract

To address concerns regarding quality of production parts created using the Additive Manufacturing (AM) process, a study was conducted to quantify the dimensional accuracy of said parts. Fourteen AM builds were manufactured in Ti-6Al-4V material across two EOS DMLS machines (EOSINT M 280 and EOS M 290). In addition to studying the impact of machine-to-machine variability, other factors potentially impacting final dimensional accuracy were studied, including: powder state (virgin or reused); post-processing steps (heat treatment and part removal from substrate); location of part on substrate; and nominal part size. The results of the dimensional analysis showed that the individual machine itself was the dominant factor impacting dimensional accuracy. Also, a non-linear relationship between dimensional accuracy and nominal part size was identified, which would require a more complex machine calibration technique to correct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages2029-2042
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2016
Event27th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium - An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2016 - Austin, United States
Duration: Aug 8 2016Aug 10 2016

Conference

Conference27th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium - An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period8/8/168/10/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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