LPW Technology Ltd, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, discusses the impact of metal powder variability on AM build quality.
For metal powders to deliver consistent AM built parts with the required properties it is critical to deﬁne an appropriate material speciﬁcation, with due regard for tolerances on manufacturing and testing variance. It is also necessary to establish limits which are tight enough to ensure any variations do not have a negative impact on process and application performance. Changes within speciﬁcation values can cause variations in material processability during part manufacture, or the ﬁnal mechanical properties of the part itself. This study explores the impact of powder variability during the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process.
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