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Selective laser melting of aluminium alloys

Aboulkhair, Nesma T.; Everitt, Nicola M.; Maskery, Ian; Ashcroft, Ian; Tuck, Chris

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Nesma T. Aboulkhair

Nicola M. Everitt

Professor of Mechanics of Solids

Professor of Materials Engineering


Metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes, such as selective laser melting, enable powdered metals to be formed into arbitrary 3D shapes. For aluminium alloys, which are desirable in many high-value applications for their low density and good mechanical performance, selective laser melting is regarded as challenging due to the difficulties in laser melting aluminium powders. However, a number of studies in recent years have demonstrated successful aluminium processing, and have gone on to explore its potential for use in advanced, AM componentry. In addition to enabling the fabrication of highly complex structures, selective laser melting produces parts with characteristically fine microstructures that yield distinct mechanical properties. Research is rapidly progressing in this field, with promising results opening up a range of possible applications across scientific and industrial sectors. This paper reports on recent developments in this area of research as well as highlighting some key topics that require further attention.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 26, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2017
Publication Date 2017-04
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 12, 2017
Journal MRS Bulletin
Print ISSN 0883-7694
Electronic ISSN 1938-1425
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 4
Pages 311-319
Keywords Al; Metal; Powder Processing; Rapid Solidification, Fatigue
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Additional Information License: Copyright © Materials Research Society 2017


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