Volume 3, 2016
Special Issue - Additive Manufacturing Materials & Devices
|Number of page(s)||17|
|Published online||05 July 2016|
Design for additive manufacturing of composite materials and potential alloys: a review
Department of Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Cairo University, 12613
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 23 May 2016
As a first step of applying additive manufacturing (AM) technology, plastic prototypes have been produced using various AM Process such as Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA) and other processes. After more research and development, AM has become capable of producing complex net shaped in materials which can be used in applicable parts. These materials include metals, ceramics, and composites. Polymers and metals are considered as commercially available materials for AM processes; however, ceramics and composites are still considered under research and development. In this study, a literature review on design for AM of composite materials and potential alloys is discussed. It is investigated that polymer matrix, ceramic matrix, metal matrix, and fiber reinforced are most common composites through AM. Furthermore, Functionally Graded Materials (FGM) is considered as an effective application of AM because AM offers the ability to control the composition and optimize the properties of the built part. An example of FGM through using AM technology is the missile nose cone which includes an ultra-high temperature ceramic graded to a refractory metal from outside to inside and it used for sustaining extreme external temperatures. During this work, different applications of AM on different classifications of composite materials are shown through studying of industrial objective, the importance of application, processing, results and future challenges.
Key words: Additive manufacturing / Metal matrix composites / Polymer matrix composites / Nano-composite materials / Ceramic matrix composite / Functionally graded material
© H.A. Hegab, Published by EDP Sciences, 2016
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