Material Science in Additive Manufacturing: Process Window of Polymer Powder Bed Fusion

Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) is one of the most used Additive Manufacturing technologies to produce structural plastic parts. Learn today how to determine the process window of Polymer PBF using thermal analysis.

Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), often called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), is one of the most used Additive Manufacturing technologies to produce structural plastic parts. It does not require molds or support structures. Furthermore, it can produce complex geometries, internal structures and thin walls with mechanical properties comparable to injection-molded parts. This shortens the development cycle and makes it an alternative for many work pieces and even whole assemblies.

This week’s topic: How to determine the process window of Polymer PBF

  • What is the thermal process window of Polymer PBF?
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) as the analytical method to determine the process window
  • What is DSC?
  • Which properties are important to determine the process window?

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