Additive Manufacturing (AM): Emerging Technologies, Applications and Economic Implications

Albert Thornton (Editor)

Series: Manufacturing Technology Research
BISAC: TEC020000

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The introduction of additive manufacturing or 3D printing has brought about a whole new dimension of possibilities in manufacturing technology. This book includes research on powder-bed electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) which has the potential to offer innovative solutions to many challenges facing the manufacturing industry. The feasibility of the use of a 3D printer to recreate patient-specific anatomical modeling (in this case, of the pelvic rim) are also examined.

A discussion on why the use of this technology to customize implants, plates and the operative procedure to a patient’s unique anatomy leads to improved outcomes is lead by the authors. The third chapter deals with selective laser melting (SML) and presents a review regarding the state-of-the-art mechanical performance of the SML manufactured titanium and aluminum alloys (due to wide demand of light-weight parts in the aerospace and automotive industries). The authors of the fourth chapter discuss the feasibility of mobile additive manufacturing systems powered by photovoltaic modules for different applications.

The book concludes with a review on functionally graded materials (FGM), which can be produced by laser metal deposition, which belongs to the class of additive manufacturing. LMD is capable of producing three dimensional (3D) parts directly from the 3D image by adding materials layer by layer. In this chapter, laser metal deposition of titanium alloy composite are described and also characterized. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Advances in Powder-Bed Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing: Process Modeling, Temperature Measurements and Process Parameter Effects
(Bo Cheng, Steven Price, James Lydon, Kenneth Cooper, Kevin Chou, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA, and others)

The use of Three-Dimensional Printer Modelling in Acetabular Reconstructive Surgery – A Technique for Pre-Operative Planning and Intra-Operative Assistance
(James Duncan, Angela Yu, Jasvinder Daurka, Angus Lewis, and Justin Cobb, King’s College Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK, and others)

Selective Laser Melting: Mechanical Performance of Light-Weight Alloys
(Shafaqat Siddique, Frank Walther, Department of Materials Test Engineering (WPT), TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany)

Investigation of the Feasibility of Mobile Additive Manufacturing Systems Powered by Photovoltaic Modules
(Miranda Fateri, Andreas Gebhardt, Ann Xiang Lester Bok, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, FH Aachen, Goethestr, Aachen, Germany)

Functionally Graded Material Produced using Laser Metal Deposition Process
(Rasheedat M. Mahamood and Esther T. Akinlabi, Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa)

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