Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology will collaborate with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies on a five-year project to perform material analysis for the selective laser melting (SLM) process in a metal powder bed. To make a part, a focused laser beam follows a predetermined trajectory to quickly melt metal particles in the powder bed and solidify the molten metal into the desired shape, layer-by-layer, based on a computer-aided design model. The project consists of five tasks: powder characterization, material property characterization methods, temperature effects on material properties, controlling microstructure and mechanical properties, and chemistry specifically for additive manufacturing.
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