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Honeywell Partners with University to Conduct 3D Metal Printing Research

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
 
A team of researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO is collaborating with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, Kansas City, MO, on a 5-yr. project to study selective laser melting (SLM) of metal powders.   Researchers have identified four objectives: predict the properties of built parts, control microstructures to achieve the desired properties, optimize powder reuse, and increase product sustainability.  Areas of study include powder characterization; material-property characterization methods; temperature effects on material properties; controlling microstructure and mechanical properties; and composition specifically for additive manufacturing. Process parameters identified as critical include laser power, beam diameter, traverse speed, line spacing and layer thickness, all of which can affect part quality.

 The team also is investigating ways to reuse powder to reduce the cost of raw materials; www.mst.edu/.

 


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