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Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing of Zirconium

W. M. Keck Biomedical Materials Research Center, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2920, USA
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 393;
Received: 12 January 2018 / Revised: 14 February 2018 / Accepted: 16 February 2018 / Published: 7 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Materials)
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Additive manufacturing of zirconium is attempted using commercial Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENSTM) technique. A LENSTM-based approach towards processing coatings and bulk parts of zirconium, a reactive metal, aims to minimize the inconvenience of traditional metallurgical practices of handling and processing zirconium-based parts that are particularly suited to small volumes and one-of-a-kind parts. This is a single-step manufacturing approach for obtaining near net shape fabrication of components. In the current research, Zr metal powder was processed in the form of coating on Ti6Al4V alloy substrate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) as well as phase analysis via X-ray diffraction (XRD) were studied on these coatings. In addition to coatings, bulk parts were also fabricated using LENS™ from Zr metal powders, and measured part accuracy. View Full-Text
Keywords: additive manufacturing; zirconium metal; Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS™); coating; 3D printing additive manufacturing; zirconium metal; Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS™); coating; 3D printing

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Sahasrabudhe, H.; Bandyopadhyay, A. Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing of Zirconium. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 393.

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