Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials for Metallic Microlattice Structures Using Selective Laser Melting, Electron Beam Melting and Binder Jetting

  • Robert MinesEmail author
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The additive manufacturing processes discussed here have been selected for their significance for the selected structural applications, e.g. core materials and energy absorbing materials. Selective laser melting and electron beam melting are mature (industrial) processes, whereas binder jetting (and associated techniques) is currently under intense development. As far as selective laser melting and electron beam melting are concerned, the controlling parameter is the beam scanning strategy, which defines the dimensions and quality of the microlattice. Also, the parent material will influence the realisation process, the final quality of the microlattice and structural performance. In this discussion, three main materials will be discussed: namely, stainless steel 316L, titanium alloy Ti 64, and aluminium alloy AlSi10/12Mg. Stainless steel 316L is widely discussed in the literature, and Ti 64 and AlSi10/12Mg are lower density but more highly reactive materials.


Selective laser melting Electron beam melting Binder jetting Laser scanning Additive manufacture materials Metallic glasses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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