Materials testing consultancy Lucideon has released a new white paper entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing – a Metallurgical Perspective’.

According to the company, the paper discusses the value and potential of metallurgical additive manufacturing (AM) alongside some of the challenges the technology needs to overcome.

Julius Bonini, manager, metallurgy and evaluations at Lucideon, who is the author of the paper, has worked with many of these companies to optimize both AM products and processes.

‘Additive manufacturing is a technology with great potential but also some teething problems’, he said. ‘For me, metals are the main focus, but the challenges faced for AM technology are true for all materials used, though there will be variations on those issues from one material to the next. […] Developing the means for successful metallurgy AM will allow some amazing achievements to be realized. Metals have high relative strengths, they can be conductive, hard wearing and some metals are highly biocompatible, so perfect for implantation into human bodies. However potential issues with diminishing strengths and porous structures harbouring loose particles that could escape into the body need to be considered, for all applications, but for healthcare applications in particular. This paper looks at some of these challenges and how we in the industry are tackling them to allow the AM revolution to keep up steam.’

Lucideon is also running a webinar on AM on 8 December, entitled Ensuring Quality and Standardization in Powder Metal Input for Additive Manufacturing. For more information, and to download the free white paper, go here.

This story is reprinted from material from Lucideon, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.