Densification Behavior of SLS Processed Al2O3/Al Composite
Production of structurally sound parts by any rapid prototype technique is essential, because fully functional features are necessary where application testing is required. In the present work, a powder blend of A1203/AI (3:1 by weight) was mixed with ammonium dihydrogen phosphate and subjected to selective laser sintering (SLS) using a C02 laser. An attempt has been made to increase the powder bed density by introducing vibration to the part cylinder. These SLS processed preforms were then subj ected to a secondary heat treatment in a hydrogen atmosphere and to hot isostatic pressing. Densification behavior of these Al20 3/Al composite preforms is discussed.