About this Research Topic
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the dawn of a new industrial revolution that could revolutionize the way engineering products are manufactured. Since its inception in 1995, AM has challenged the limits of conventional manufacturing processes and emerged as a brand-new industry. It offers tooling on-demand, rapid experimentation, zero waste product,s and the ability to manufacture intricate and complex geometries. AM offers design freedom, timely concept validation and prototyping, cost-saving, and an opportunity of fabricating products that are not possible with traditional manufacturing processes. With AM it is possible to fabricate complex and specialized components from multi-materials that exhibit superior mechanical properties. AM is reimagining the product realization and lowered the entry barrier for new devices, designs, and material properties that are leading to an exciting future.
AM has enjoyed unprecedented progress in recent years and has been implemented in several sectors including biomedical, aerospace, automotive, electrical industries. Generally, AM technologies adopted for metals and alloys include binder jetting and powder bed fusion. For this, electron beam melting (EBM), selective laser melting (SLM), and direct metal deposition (DMD) are implemented.
This Research Topic aims to recognize the original research in the field using this well-established new technology and its latest advances. A broad audience ranging from academicians, manufacturing researchers/professionals can contribute with their work to this Research Topic.
This collection will serve as a platform for researchers to submit their original research articles and review papers. The main goal is to acknowledge research in different AM areas like new design tools, modeling and simulation, metal matrix composites, biomaterials, microstructural evolution and development, testing methods, process optimization, and monitoring, latest additive manufacturing processes e.g., multistep and hybrid techniques, etc.
This Research Topic collection will therefore be focusing on recent advances in investigating the potential of various AM technologies in processing metals and alloys, with a specific interest in materials intended for structural applications. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Stainless-steel alloys
· Cobalt-chromium alloys
· Titanium alloys
· Magnesium alloys
· Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
· Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
· Direct Metal Deposition (DMD)
Keywords: Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, Metals, Alloys, SLM, EBM
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