Introduction and Overview
Given the wide ranging subject matter covered in this book, this chapter discusses the content and structure of the book in detail. The book takes an integrated approach to metallic microlattice structural design, as materials and manufacturing processes need to be considered in parallel with the structural realisation and application. The chapter introduces conventional structural theory, selective additive manufacturing processes, material and lattice block characterisation, theoretical methods, specialised additive manufacturing processes, structural applications (with quantified performance) and overall conclusions. The book focuses on the structural functions of sandwich construction and on energy absorption.
KeywordsMetal AM processes Metal AM materials Sandwich construction Energy absorption
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