Special Issue "New Trends on Selective Laser Melting"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Mechanical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alberto Boschetto
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy
Interests: modeling and simulation; machining; powders; manufacturing

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Dear Colleague,

Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417) is a high visibility journal covering all aspects of applied engineering. Experimental and theoretical results that are presented in as much detail as possible are encouraged. The journal is indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science), Scopus, Inspec (IET) and other databases. Its Impact Factor is 1.689 (2017) and the 5-Year Impact Factor is 1.855 (2017). Applied Sciences is available online at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci.

I am currently guest editing a Special Issue of the journal, focused on " New Trends in Selective Laser Melting". Selective laser melting (SLM) is gradually introducing revolutionary changes to manufacturing processes and will play a significant part in future economic growth. Today there is a focus on finding a balance between production and consumption, and SLM presents a way to improve the performance of resources. SLM is being widely investigated by many governments, research institutions, enterprises and the media.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide the reader with a collection of valuable research papers highlighting SLM trends. Topics include but are not limited to developments in materials, highly-complex and high-performance products, embedded functionality, process modeling, thermal treatment, post-processing, surface conditioning, support optimization, part characterization, powder characterization, part and process design, process management with warrant attention, and databases and digital rights.

Within the framework of this Special Issue, I would like to invite you to submit a paper to Applied Sciences. I would greatly appreciate if you would forward this call to friends, colleagues and co-workers working in the field.

Dr. Alberto Boschetto
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • selective laser melting
  • process simulation
  • surface quality prediction
  • process modeling
  • accuracy
  • surface roughness
  • assembly and non-assembly mechanism
  • surface chemistry
  • part characterization
  • support optimization
  • post processing
  • part finishing
  • thermal treatment
  • new materials
  • powder characterization

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Effect of Industrial Heat Treatment and Barrel Finishing on the Mechanical Performance of Ti6Al4V Processed by Selective Laser Melting
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 2280; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10072280 - 27 Mar 2020
Cited by 3
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Additive manufacturing is now capable of delivering high-quality, complex-shaped metallic components. The titanium alloy Ti6Al4V is an example of a printable metal being broadly used for advanced structural applications. A sound characterization of static mechanical properties of additively manufactured material is crucial for [...] Read more.
Additive manufacturing is now capable of delivering high-quality, complex-shaped metallic components. The titanium alloy Ti6Al4V is an example of a printable metal being broadly used for advanced structural applications. A sound characterization of static mechanical properties of additively manufactured material is crucial for its proper application, and here specifically for Ti6Al4V. This includes a complete understanding of the influence of postprocess treatment on the material behavior, which has not been reached yet. In the present paper, the postprocess effects of surface finish and heat treatment on the mechanical performance of Ti6Al4V after selective laser melting were investigated. Some samples were subjected to barrel finishing at two different intensities, while different sets of specimens underwent several thermal cycles. As a reference, a control group of specimens was included, which did not undergo any postprocessing. The treatments were selected to be effective and easy to perform, being suitable for real industrial applications. Tensile tests were performed on all the samples, to obtain yield stress, ultimate tensile strength and elongation at fracture. The area reduction of the barrel-finished samples, after being tested, was measured by using a 3D scanner, as a further indication of ductility. Experimental results are reported and discussed, highlighting the effect of postprocessing treatments on the mechanical response. We then propose the optimal postprocessing procedure to enhance ductility without compromising strength, for structures manufactured from Ti6Al4V with selective laser melting. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Trends on Selective Laser Melting)
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Post-Processing of Complex SLM Parts by Barrel Finishing
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 1382; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10041382 - 19 Feb 2020
Cited by 2
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Selective laser melting (SLM) enables the production of metal complex shapes that are difficult or impossible to obtain with conventional production processes. However, the attainable surface quality is insufficient for most applications; thus, a secondary finishing is frequently required. Barrel finishing is an [...] Read more.
Selective laser melting (SLM) enables the production of metal complex shapes that are difficult or impossible to obtain with conventional production processes. However, the attainable surface quality is insufficient for most applications; thus, a secondary finishing is frequently required. Barrel finishing is an interesting candidate but is often applied without consistent criteria aimed at finding processing parameters. This work presents a methodology based on Bagnold number evaluation and bed behavior diagram, developed on experimental apparatus with different charges and process parameters. The experimentation on an industrial machine and the profilometric analysis allowed the identification of appropriate process parameters and charge media for finishing the investigated materials (Ti6Al4V and Inconel718). Two case studies, characterized by complex shapes, were considered, and consistent surface measures allowed understanding the capability of the technology. Full article
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Applying Selective Laser Melting to Join Al and Fe: An Investigation of Dissimilar Materials
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(15), 3031; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9153031 - 27 Jul 2019
Cited by 4
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Combining aluminum and steel is a major goal of automobile manufacturers and other industries because the hybrid material reduces the weight of components. However, differences in chemical properties, thermal expansion, and physical characteristics of aluminum and steel are barriers to achieving this goal. [...] Read more.
Combining aluminum and steel is a major goal of automobile manufacturers and other industries because the hybrid material reduces the weight of components. However, differences in chemical properties, thermal expansion, and physical characteristics of aluminum and steel are barriers to achieving this goal. In this article, selective laser melting (SLM), which is widely used in industrial fields, was applied to join dissimilar materials by printing aluminum on a steel substrate. Defects of joining during the SLM process, characteristics of the intermetallic reaction layer, and the effects of the process parameters were investigated. The analysis indicates that flake behavior could affect the quality of joining. The phases of the intermetallic layer found in this study were in agreement with other research, but the morphology of the layer was much different. A formula to estimate the join quality in terms of density energy is proposed. The results indicate that the SLM process is a promising method to manufacture a hybrid material. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1.Im Doo Jung, Korea Institute of Materials Science (Korea)

2.Paolo Gaudenzi, Francesco Veniali, Marco Eugeni, Luana Bottini, Valerio Cardini, Alberto Boschetto,
Sapienza University of Rome via Eudossiana (Italy)

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