Author: Alessandro Fiorese

Learn all about coating the additive manufactured Titanium64 #1

Among the industrial AM technologies, selective laser melting (SLM) is the most widespread, thanks to its process stability and its favorable ratio between costs and part quality. However, selective laser melted products require coatings for functionalizing the surface with extra properties and in this article we’ll see how thin film deposition process can be carried out to coat titanium substrates.

Is it possible to coat the titanium alloy substrates to obtain a good improvement of the mechanical surface features?
What’s the role of vacuum heat treatments on additive manufactured parts?
Can the laser scanning paths affect the resulting adhesion of the coatings?

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Published on 10/14/2019
Categories: Applications

Sintering for microextrusion? Results on micro bi-lumen tubes

Microextrusion technology is a valid alternative to produce micro components with complex features and tight tolerances.
Microextrusion of plastics represents a solution for some industrial applications such as in the biomedical field, despite its many challenging aspects.

Let's analyze all the process chain improvements in order to develop new monitoring and control methods for improving the final part quality.

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Published on 9/10/2019
Categories: Applications

Why heat treating metals after additive manufacturing?

Additive Manufacturing means any technology capable of obtaining a final component starting from a 3D CAD file and adding material layer by layer. At a theoretical level, Additive Manufacturing only coincides with the 3D part construction phase. In reality, in order to fully understand this technology, a series of other preprinting and postprinting activities must be considered, which constitute the entire supply chain of Additive Manufacturing.

Read the article and discover the activities that precede and follow 3D printing, paying particular attention to the requirements of the materials and the processes necessary to obtain a high quality production.

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Published on 6/12/2019
Categories: Automotive

Automotive sector: vacuum brazing furnace applications

Vacuum furnace brazing is a process of heat treatment that joins metallic parts to one another in an incredibly secure manner. Like the aerospace sector, automotive heat treatments are required for many high-quality joins and vacuum brazing fits the bill when other processes simply don't cut it.

In this article, you will discover exactly how the automotive sector leverages modern vacuum furnace technology and the various applications it can be put to.
Read on to find out everything you ever wanted to know about vacuum brazing furnaces and vehicle manufacturing.

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Selective Laser Melting: obtaining the best fatigue performance

How do vacuum heat treatments affect the fatigue performance of components made with Selective Laser Melting technology?

We will analyze the relevant improvements obtained on products for the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors, thanks to the vacuum furnace posts‑processes of the components made with additive manufacturing (SLM).
Looking at the figures, we will conclude by exposing the interesting experimental results obtained in laboratory, thanks to a fruitful collaboration with an important university campus.

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