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Overhanging Features and the SLM/DMLS Residual Stresses Problem: Review and Future Research Need

Version 1 : Received: 27 March 2017 / Approved: 27 March 2017 / Online: 27 March 2017 (12:13:38 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 29 March 2017 / Approved: 30 March 2017 / Online: 30 March 2017 (04:04:47 CEST)
Version 3 : Received: 4 April 2017 / Approved: 4 April 2017 / Online: 4 April 2017 (07:56:07 CEST)

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Patterson, A.E.; Messimer, S.L.; Farrington, P.A. Overhanging Features and the SLM/DMLS Residual Stresses Problem: Review and Future Research Need. Technologies 2017, 5, 15. Patterson, A.E.; Messimer, S.L.; Farrington, P.A. Overhanging Features and the SLM/DMLS Residual Stresses Problem: Review and Future Research Need. Technologies 2017, 5, 15.

Journal reference: Technologies 2017, 5, 15
DOI: 10.3390/technologies5020015

Abstract

A useful and increasingly common additive manufacturing (AM) process is the selective laser melting (SLM) or direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process. SLM/DMLS can produce full-density metal parts from difficult materials, but it tends to suffer from severe residual stresses introduced during processing. This limits the usefulness and applicability of the process, particularly in the fabrication of parts with delicate overhanging and protruding features. The purpose of this study was to examine the current insight and progress made toward understanding and eliminating the problem in overhanging and protruding structures. To accomplish this, a survey of literature was undertaken, focusing on process modeling (general, heat transfer, stress and distortion, and material models), direct process control (input and environmental control, hardware-in-the-loop monitoring, parameter optimization, and post-processing), experiment development (methods for evaluation, optical and mechanical process monitoring, imaging, and design-of-experiments), support structure optimization, and overhang feature design; approximately 140 published works were examined. The major findings of this study were that a small minority of the literature on SLM/DMLS deals explicitly with the overhanging stress problem, but some fundamental work has been done on the problem. Implications, needs, and potential future research directions are discussed in-depth in light of the present review.

Subject Areas

additive manufacturing; 3-D printing; metal additive manufacturing; selective laser melting; SLM; direct metal laser sintering; DMLS; metal powder processing

Readers' Comments and Ratings (1)

Comment 1
Received: 30 March 2017
Commenter: Albert E Patterson (Click to see Publons profile: )
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: For Revision 1, several readers have emailed us about Figure 3, asking for clarification. Revision 2 replaces Figure 3 with a new version of the figure that is more detailed and clear, in response to comments received.

Thank you to readers to have provided us feedback so far.

- Albert E. Patterson (Author 1)
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