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Optimising Metal Powders for Application in Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) processes have undergone a significant transition in recent years from a simple prototyping solution into an innovative, economically expedient method of component production.

Annual sales of AM machines have risen from less than 200 in 2012 to more than 500 in 2014ias the aerospace, energy, automotive, medical, and tooling industries have embraced the technology, and this trend is expected to continue.

Up to one third of the production cost of an AM component is the cost of the powder used, with commercial viability resting on establishing a robust supply chain and effective powder recycling strategies.

Identifying analytical tools that can be used to reliably set specifications for AM metal powders to validate quality and manage their use is vital.

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