Porous structure design and fabrication of metal-bonded diamond grinding wheel based on selective laser melting (SLM)

  • Chenchen Tian
  • Xuekun LiEmail author
  • Shubo Zhang
  • Guoqiang Guo
  • Stephan Ziegler
  • Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum
  • Liping Wang
  • Yiming Rong


High porosity will bring about a great deal of contributions for metal-bonded grinding wheels. In this research, cellular structures, including octahedron, truncated octahedron, and stellated octahedron, are chosen as porous structures for a grinding wheel and fabricated using selective laser melting (SLM) with diamond/AlSi10Mg mixed powders. Moreover, the microstructure and bonding condition of SLM-fabricated composite are investigated. Additionally, morphological properties, mechanical properties, and permeability of three different porous structures are studied and compared with each other based on experiment and simulation. It is revealed that the microstructure of SLM-fabricated composite exhibits anisotropic due to the layered manufacturing essence. Furthermore, the cladding state of diamond grits is good and strong interface forms between diamond and AlSi10Mg. Besides, both mechanical performance and permeability of octahedron structure are the best, making it a potential structure for a high-performance porous grinding wheel.


Porous structure Metal bond Grinding wheel Selective laser melting Permeability Mechanical property 


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Technical support from Beijing Longyuan AFS Co., Ltd., Kunshan Hiecise Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd., and the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science is appreciated.

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The research is funded by the National Science and Technology Major Project (No.2017ZX04007001), Shanghai Rising-Star Program (No.16QB1400900), Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program, and Tsinghua-RWTH Aachen Collaborative Innovation Funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chenchen Tian
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xuekun Li
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Shubo Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guoqiang Guo
    • 4
  • Stephan Ziegler
    • 5
  • Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum
    • 5
    • 6
  • Liping Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yiming Rong
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Beijing Key Lab of Precision/Ultra-precision Manufacturing Equipment and ControlTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.State Key Lab of TribologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Shanghai Spaceflight Precision Machinery InstituteShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Digital Additive Production DAPRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  6. 6.Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILTAachenGermany
  7. 7.Department of Mechanical and Energy EngineeringSouthern University of Science and TechnologyShenzhenChina

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