Episode 30: Putting the ‘Velo’ in Metal AM Parameter Development
Materials development in metal additive manufacturing (AM) is the process of developing new metal alloys that are suitable for AM processes. The goal here is to create new materials that possess the desired material properties for a specific application. Sometimes these specifications can be rigid while other times the allowables are broad.
There are several factors that need to be considered when developing materials for AM including:
- The desired material properties, such as strength, stiffness, ductility, and thermal conductivity
- The processability of the material, such as how it flows and fuses
- The cost and development time of the material itself
Materials development in AM can be a complex and challenging process, but it is essential to the advancement of AM technology. By developing new materials that are suitable for AM, it is possible to create parts that are stronger, lighter, and more complex than ever before. It can also mean the difference between a technological breakthrough or continued stagnation.
In this 3Din30, we welcome Dr. Robin Stamp, PhD, Director of Solutions Engineering at Velo3D who discusses our approach to material development, specifically how we mitigate and reduce timeline and materials risk via our fully integrated approach to metal 3D printing.