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Design of Easily Removable Lattice-Based Support Structures for L-Pbf

Version 1 : Received: 29 January 2021 / Approved: 1 February 2021 / Online: 1 February 2021 (10:16:51 CET)

How to cite: Omid, Z.; Ole, G.; Gaurav, J.; Stephan, Z.; Johannes, H. Design of Easily Removable Lattice-Based Support Structures for L-Pbf. Preprints 2021, 2021020006 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0006.v1). Omid, Z.; Ole, G.; Gaurav, J.; Stephan, Z.; Johannes, H. Design of Easily Removable Lattice-Based Support Structures for L-Pbf. Preprints 2021, 2021020006 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0006.v1).

Abstract

Laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) is a type of additive manufacturing technology that processes metal powders into a component. Support structures are an essential part of the L- PBF process as they transfer the laser-induced heat during and shortly after the process to the substrate, sustaining positional accuracy of downward facing surfaces of the component. Since the use of support structures is inevitable, optimized designs for them are crucial in realizing more sustainable production process. In a serial production setup, reducing the lead time and cost of a non-value-added process step like support structure removal is of significance when improving the overall business case and competitiveness.The goal of this study was to verify the applicability of lattice-based support structures for L-PBF. To achieve this, different lattice types as support structures were designed. They were tested, compared and verified for a Siemens gas turbine component. The results showed that the generated lattice-based support structures could be suitable for L-PBF. The supports had to be designed appropriately such that they could preserve the geometry of the part. Furthermore, they had to have a short fabrication time and to be removable easily, preferably without machining or sawing.

Keywords

Additive manufacturing; laser powder bed fusion; support structures; lattice structures; easily removable; overhang

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