Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a bottom-up approach in which a part is manufactured layer by layer from a 3D computer model. In the SMAM group, we study the influence of the processing parameters on the microstructural evolution during the printing process. This is achieved by ultra-fast operando X-ray diffraction and radiography, combined with state-of-the-art post-processing characterisation techniques.
In situ monitoring based on artificial intelligence
Laser powder bed fusion is a very complex technique, with many variables. To ensure an optimal build quality, in situ process monitoring is crucial. In a SNF funded Sinergia project, the SMAM group, in collaboration with research groups from EPFL, EMPA and PSI aim to develop an online monitoring strategy for additive manufacturing.
Multi-Material Laser Powder Bed Fusion
Laser powder-bed fusion (LPBF) is the most widely used additive manufacturing process for monolithic metal parts. Many applications would greatly profit if more then one materials could be co-processed in the powder bed. Besides offering a much wider design space, multi-material LPBF would allow for producing functional parts without joining and assembly operations, and add 'function for free' as a new dimension to LPBF. In this project, we explore laser exposure strategies that allow controlled 3D printing of multi-material.
In situ alloying studied by operando X-ray diffraction
Laser powder bed fusion has great potential to design advanced alloys in situ during the printing process. We explore by operando X-ray diffraction the phase evolution during 3D printing of powder mixtures.
Pandiyan V, Masinelli G, Claire N, Le-Quang T, Hamidi-Nasab M, de Formanoir C, et al.
Deep learning-based monitoring of laser powder bed fusion process on variable time-scales using heterogeneous sensing and operando X-ray radiography guidance
Additive Manufacturing. 2022; 58: 103007 (15 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2022.103007
Glerum JA, Hocine S, Chang CST, Kenel C, Van Petegem S, Casati N, et al.
Operando X-ray diffraction study of thermal and phase evolution during laser powder bed fusion of Al-Sc-Zr elemental powder blends
Additive Manufacturing. 2022; 55: 102806 (12 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2022.102806
Dr. Steven Van Petegem
Structure and Mechanics of Advanced Materials
Photon Science Division
Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 56 310 2537