Mechanical and Physical Properties - A Way to Assess Quality of Laser Sintered Parts

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2011-08-17

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Rüsenberg, S.
Schimdt, L.
Schmid, H.-J.

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University of Texas at Austin

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The aim of this paper is the description and evaluation of physical properties like porosity and density and their influence on mechanical properties of laser sintered polyamide parts. For example, by reducing the porosity an increase of mechanical properties is possible. The correlation of laser parameters to these properties is investigated in detail. The energy density is an important parameter for the laser sintering process. By changing laser power, scan velocity and hatch distance an influence on manufactured components is given. A systematic variation of all three laser parameters is performed. A comparison of results obtained at constant energy densities obtained by varying these relevant parameters accordingly is shown as well.

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