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Materials (Basel). 2013 Mar 6;6(3):856-869. doi: 10.3390/ma6030856.

From Powders to Dense Metal Parts: Characterization of a Commercial AlSiMg Alloy Processed through Direct Metal Laser Sintering.

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Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, Torino 10129, Italy. diego.manfredi@iit.it.
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Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, Torino 10129, Italy. flaviana.calignano@iit.it.
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Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, Torino 10129, Italy. eleonora.atzeni@polito.it.
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Department of Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino 10129, Italy. eleonora.atzeni@polito.it.
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Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, Torino 10129, Italy. riccardo.canali@iit.it.
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Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino 10129, Italy. riccardo.canali@iit.it.
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Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, Torino 10129, Italy. elisa.ambrosio@iit.it.

Abstract

In this paper, a characterization of an AlSiMg alloy processed by direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is presented, from the analysis of the starting powders, in terms of size, morphology and chemical composition, through to the evaluation of mechanical and microstructural properties of specimens built along different orientations parallel and perpendicular to the powder deposition plane. With respect to a similar aluminum alloy as-fabricated, a higher yield strength of about 40% due to the very fine microstructure, closely related to the mechanisms involved in this additive process is observed.

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additive manufacturing (AM); aluminum alloys; direct metal laser sintering (DMLS); electron microscopy; light microscopy; mechanical characterization

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