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A General Strategy for Enhancing 3D Printability of High Laser Reflectivity Pure Aluminum Powder

  • Geng, Kang
  • Yang, Yafeng
  • Li, Shaofu
  • Misra, R. D. K.
  • Zhu, Qingshan
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2019
Institutional Repository of Institute of Process Engineering, CAS (IPE-IR)
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The current printable materials are mainly limited to Fe, Ti, Co, and Ni-based alloys because they have good laser absorptivity. However, a number of Al alloys that are highly reflective to a laser are incompatible with selective laser melting. We demonstrate here that the coating with a small amount of high laser-absorbing Ni on Al powder reduces laser reflectivity, improves its printability, and increases tensile strength to similar to 1.5 times that of printed pure Al. (C) The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International 2019

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