By the term, lattice structures are intended topologically ordered open-celled structures consisting of one or more repeating unit cells. Technological development and especially the growth of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry allows innovative structural design, including complex lattice structure. Selective laser melting (SLM) is an AM process that enables the manufacture of space filling structures. This work investigated the influence of the most important process parameter settings on lattices printability, focusing on the geometrical accuracy, the quantity of powders adhered to the main frame (satellites) and their compression behaviour. The process parameters such as the laser power, scan speed and layer height affect vigorously the design, quality and mechanical properties of the part. The aim of the paper is to evaluate how different parameter combinations affect the cellular structures’ printing. Twenty-four lattice structures with cubic and rhombic dodecahedron unit cells made of stainless steel 17-4PH (AISI-630) were printed using different combinations of SLM process parameters. Each structure was analysed considering its geometrical, topological and mechanical properties. Finally, the best parameter combination was evaluated comparing results achieved. Although this work investigated the 17-4PH stainless steel, physical principles related to the printing process described are generally true for the SLM process. Therefore, the adopted approach could still be suitable also for all the other materials commonly used with this AM technology.

Lattice structures in stainless steel 17-4PH manufactured via selective laser melting (SLM) process: dimensional accuracy, satellites formation, compressive response and printing parameters optimization

Gianluca Iannitti;
2022

Abstract

By the term, lattice structures are intended topologically ordered open-celled structures consisting of one or more repeating unit cells. Technological development and especially the growth of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry allows innovative structural design, including complex lattice structure. Selective laser melting (SLM) is an AM process that enables the manufacture of space filling structures. This work investigated the influence of the most important process parameter settings on lattices printability, focusing on the geometrical accuracy, the quantity of powders adhered to the main frame (satellites) and their compression behaviour. The process parameters such as the laser power, scan speed and layer height affect vigorously the design, quality and mechanical properties of the part. The aim of the paper is to evaluate how different parameter combinations affect the cellular structures’ printing. Twenty-four lattice structures with cubic and rhombic dodecahedron unit cells made of stainless steel 17-4PH (AISI-630) were printed using different combinations of SLM process parameters. Each structure was analysed considering its geometrical, topological and mechanical properties. Finally, the best parameter combination was evaluated comparing results achieved. Although this work investigated the 17-4PH stainless steel, physical principles related to the printing process described are generally true for the SLM process. Therefore, the adopted approach could still be suitable also for all the other materials commonly used with this AM technology.
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