12/29/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Lucideon Publishes Additive Manufacturing White Paper

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The paper discusses some of the challenges with additive manufacturing and how they are being addressed.

Lucideon, a provider of materials development, commercialization, testing and assurance services, has released a new white paper titled “Additive Manufacturing – a Metallurgical Perspective.” The paper discusses the value and potential of metallurgical additive manufacturing alongside some of the challenges the technology needs to overcome. The paper was authored by Julius Bonini, manager, metallurgy and evaluations, for Lucideon.

“Additive manufacturing is a technology with great potential but also some teething problems,” says Bonini. “For me, metals are the main focus, but the challenges faced for AM technology are true for all materials used, though there will be variations on those issues from one material to the next. But we see problems in all manufacturing processes, even the long-established ones, and overcoming them is what we’re about here at Lucideon.

“Developing the means for successful metallurgy additive manufacturing will allow some amazing achievements to be realized. Metals have high relative strengths, they can be conductive, hard wearing and some metals are highly biocompatible, so perfect for implantation into human bodies. However, potential issues with diminishing strengths and porous structures harbouring loose particles that could escape into the body need to be considered, for all applications, but for healthcare applications in particular. This paper looks at some of these challenges and how we in the industry are tackling them to allow the AM revolution to keep up steam.”

The white paper can be downloaded for free at lucideon.com/am.