Towards direct metal laser fabrication of Cu-based shape memory alloys
Article publication date: 20 March 2017
The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility of producing Cu-based shape memory alloys (SMA) by means of direct metal laser fabrication (DMLF).
The fabrication approach consists of the combination of laser melting of a metallic powder with heating treatment in a controlled inert atmosphere. Three prospective Cu-Al-Ni alloy compositions were tested, and the effects of laser power, as well as laser exposure time, were verified.
All the processed materials were found to attain microstructures and phase change transformation temperatures typical of this type of SMA.
Further development of this technique will allow for fabrication of large elements with considerable shape memory effect, which are currently not viable due to high cost of nitinol.
This work showed a proof of concept toward the development of DMLF-based additive manufacturing of near net shape components of Cu-based SMAs from elemental powders.
This work is supported by the Chilean Council of Research and Technology (CONICYT), FONDECYT Project No.1130906. E. Ramos-Moore thanks the financial support of CONICYT, FONDECYT Project No. 11121630.
Reyes Donoso, G., Walczak, M., Ramos Moore, E. and Ramos-Grez, J.A. (2017), "Towards direct metal laser fabrication of Cu-based shape memory alloys", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 329-336. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-02-2016-0017
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