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Wire-Based Additive Manufacturing of Magnesium Alloys

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Additive manufacturing is experiencing a strong increase in scientific and industrial interest as well as steadily growing areas of application, as it allows the production of complex parts and revolutionizes possibilities for lightweight construction. The resulting potential can be further enhanced by using magnesium alloys. Since the mostly used additive manufacturing processes are powder-based, they involve handling of highly reactive materials and require the use of closed production chambers, especially when Mg is involved. In contrast, these problems can be avoided with wire-based additive manufacturing methods. Additionally, higher deposition rates can be achieved. Here, wire-based additive manufacturing utilizing the Cold Metal Transfer process (CMT) is used to demonstrate the feasibility of processing a magnesium alloy suitable for use in structural applications. Characterization of the fabricated structures was performed, and the results of the microstructural and mechanical investigations are presented here.


  • Magnesium alloy
  • Wire based additive manufacturing
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microstructure

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The authors would like to thankfully acknowledge the work done by the technical staff at the LKR Ranshofen as well as the support by their colleagues and partners of the scientific community.



This research has been funded by the European Comission within the framework INTERREG V-A Austria–Czech Republic in the project “ReMaP” (Interreg project no. ATCZ229).

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Conceptualization, S.G., D.K., and S.S.; methodology, S.G., T.K., and M.S.; software, S.G.; validation, S.G. and D.K.; formal analysis, D.K. and S.S.; investigation, S.G. and D.K.; resources, S.G., D.K., and S.S.; data curation, N.P.P.; writing—original draft preparation, S.G. and N.P.P.; writing—review and editing, T.K., M.S., D.K., and S.S.; visualization, S.G. and N.P.P.; supervision, S.G.; project administration, S.G.; funding acquisition, S.G., D.K., and S.S.

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Gneiger, S., Koutny, D., Senck, S., Schnall, M., Papenberg, N., Klein, T. (2022). Wire-Based Additive Manufacturing of Magnesium Alloys. In: Maier, P., Barela, S., Miller, V.M., Neelameggham, N.R. (eds) Magnesium Technology 2022. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series. Springer, Cham.

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