Before we dive into the material science of processing materials with different Additive Manufacturing technologies, we introduce common material groups, distinct molecular structures of material classes as well as discuss other materials used for non-technical applications.
Significant efforts have been made to model and simulate the Selective Laser Sintering process as information about the temperature field in lower layers is difficult to measure. Learn how specific heat capacity can help!
Photopolymers have gained increased importance in many industries. Digital Light Synthesis (DLS), an Additive Manufacturing Technology, is a prime example for the usage of photopolymers. Learn why the NETZSCH Photo-DSC is a proven method to optimize the Additive Manufacturing process.
Today, we answer the question if ABS filament absorbs water from the humidity in the air. Dr. Natalie Ruldolph explains why different plastics react differently to humidity in the environment and gives advice on what home users can do about it.
The plastics used in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) have a higher thermal expansion when compared with other materials. Therefore, it is important to know how the dimensions of an SLS part change at different temperatures during the build and during use. The higher the thermal expansion coefficient, the more prone are the parts to warpage or curling and the build-up of residual stresses. Learn more!
Additive Manufacturing (AM) encompasses a variety of technologies suitable for producing components from liquid, solid or powder feedstocks. Selective Laser Melting (SLM), a powder-bed fusion process, has become a commonly used AM process for rapid prototyping and component manufacturing using metals, alloys and, to a lesser extent, ceramics. Learn more about SLM, suitable materials and how to optimize input parameters for improved product quality using Thermal Analysis.
While Powder Bed Fusion and Binder Jetting evolved to also using metals, Directed Energy Deposition was specifically developed for this class of materials. We introduce the process principle and variations, benefits and applications of the Additive Manufacturing technology.
Whole layers are generated of cut sheet material layers, which are bonded together before cutting them into the desired shape. We introduce the process principle, benefits and applications of the Additive Manufacturing technology Sheet Lamination.
The Additive Manufacturing technology Binder Jetting is very similar to Powder Bed Fusion. Although there are many similarities of the two processes, the material properties that can be achieved are very different. Learn about the process principle and applications of Binder Jetting!
Wilo SE is a worldwide manufacturer of pumps and pump systems for building services, the entire water management chain and industry. It comes as no surprise that Wilo is working with cutting-edge technologies such as Additive Manufacturing. Learn how they use the NETZSCH DSC 214 Polyma to understand the thermal behavior of new material choices.