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Plenary Lecture

Additive Manufacturing of Innovative Light Metal Products

Wednesday (06.11.2019)
13:30 - 14:10
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Additive manufacturing of metals is currently paving its way into industrial applications at high pace. While in medical applications there is already a widespread use of AM for customized solutions, the strongest innovation boost in AM is coming from aviation industry, followed by the energy sector, automotive industry, space and toolmaking industry. The present paper is highlighting recent developments in AM of light metals Al, Ti and Mg. 

Using powder bed-based and nozzle-based (wire and powder) AM processes a large variety of customized solutions is feasible, ranging from micrometer-size parts with filigree features to the meter scale of large-size components. With regards to the processing requirements either high accuracy or high productivity can be achieved, whereas a combination is difficult.

Unlike any other manufacturing technology, AM of high quality parts requires an in-depth understanding of the close relationship between the AM process, the material and the resulting component properties. As a matter of fact, customized hardware, online diagnostics and control systems are required for robust processing of AM parts. 

Prof. Dr. Christoph Leyens
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden
Additional Authors:
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Brückner
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS
  • Dr.-Ing. Elena Lopez
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS
  • M. Riede
    Luleå University of Technology, Sweden