Additive Manufacturing of Al-12Si Alloy Via Pulsed Selective Laser Melting
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Additive manufacturing (AM) of metallic materials is experiencing a research and commercialization craze in almost all industrial sectors. However, to date, AM has been limited to a small numbers of alloys. With respect to aluminum, two alloys received some attention: Al-12Si and Al-10Si-1Mg. In both cases, fully dense components have been achieved using a continuous-wave selective laser melting system. In this article, a new approach of selective laser melting using a pulsed-laser source as opposed to a continuous-wave laser is proposed. Pulse selective laser melting (P-SLM) would allow for greater control over the heat input and thus further optimization possibilities of the microstructure. P-SLM was demonstrated using the Al-12Si system. Si refinement below 200 nm was achieved throughout the component. Density up to 95% and high hardness of above 135 HV were obtained. The solidification mechanism is also explained.
KeywordsAdditive Manufacturing Molten Pool Selective Laser Melt Selective Laser Melt Process Peak Laser Power
The authors would like to thank AUTO21 (Grant C502-CPM) for financial support of this research.
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