Novel Emerging AM Equipment Technology Evaluation
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Novel Emerging AM Equipment Technology Evaluation


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Technical Lead

Nick Cruchley

AM process & materials used

Laser powder bed fusion (316L, Ti-6Al-4V), Metal Binder Jetting (316L), Vat photopolymerisation (316L)


The AM technologies commercially available continue to evolve rapidly, with new capabilities and improvements on existing capability occurring frequently. This project was tasked with understanding the developments in AM that had occurred in the last 12 months (2016-2017) and again to conclude the project (2017-2018). The project also investigated four technologies (selected by the steering group) by performing physical trials which investigated the accuracy, resolution, surface roughness and tensile properties achieved with each process. Further to this a full process workflow was described for each technology. The technologies investigated were:

  • Hoganas Digital Metal DM P2500 – Metal Binder Jetting
  • Lithoz Hammer HD40 – Vat Photopolymerisation
  • Laser Melting Innovations Alpha 140 – Laser Powder Bed Fusion
  • Additive Industries Metal FAB 1 – Laser Powder Bed Fusion


Novel Emerging AM Equipment Technology Evaluation

Figure 1: One of the systems (metal binder jetting) evaluated on the project and some example assessment features


If you are a member you can access the deliverables of this project here.