Applications of Powder Densification Maps to Direct Metal SLS/HIP Processing

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Wohlert, Martin
Bourell, David L.
Das, Suman
Beaman, Joseph J.

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Recent investigations have shown that Direct Selective Laser Sintering in conjunction with Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) is capable of producing fully dense, near net shape, high performance metal components. A key aspect of this combined processing method is the selection of appropriate HIP process parameters to obtain full density parts. Powder Densification Maps provide a powerful tool for predicting the effect of time, temperature, pressure, and material properties on part density. This paper summarizes developments in Powder Densification Map production for Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 625 materials. A comparison of theoretically predicted and experimentally determined densities for a variety of processing conditions is presented.


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