Metal lattice structures manufactured utilising additive techniques are attracting increasing attention thanks to the high structural efficiency they can offer. Although many studies exist on the characterisation of massive parts in Ti6Al4V processed by Electron Beam Melting (EBM), several investigations are necessary to characterise the Ti6Al4V lattice structures made by the EBM process. The objective of this paper is to develop a measurement method to assess the dimensional accuracy of Ti6Al4V octet truss lattice structures manufactured by EBM technology. Beam specimens with a 2 mm diameter and different growth orientations with respect to the build direction were analysed. The geometry differences between the designed and the manufactured beam specimens were highlighted. Two effects were identified: (i) The EBM-manufactured beams are generally thinner than the designed ones, and (ii) the shape of the section was found to be almost circular for the beam specimens oriented at 45° and 90°; on the contrary, the section of the horizontal beam (0°) cannot be considered circular.

An Innovative Method to Analyse the Geometrical Accuracy of Ti6Al4V Octet-Truss Lattice Structures

Bellini C.
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Di Cocco V.;Franchitti S.;Iacoviello F.;Sorrentino L.
2023-01-01

Abstract

Metal lattice structures manufactured utilising additive techniques are attracting increasing attention thanks to the high structural efficiency they can offer. Although many studies exist on the characterisation of massive parts in Ti6Al4V processed by Electron Beam Melting (EBM), several investigations are necessary to characterise the Ti6Al4V lattice structures made by the EBM process. The objective of this paper is to develop a measurement method to assess the dimensional accuracy of Ti6Al4V octet truss lattice structures manufactured by EBM technology. Beam specimens with a 2 mm diameter and different growth orientations with respect to the build direction were analysed. The geometry differences between the designed and the manufactured beam specimens were highlighted. Two effects were identified: (i) The EBM-manufactured beams are generally thinner than the designed ones, and (ii) the shape of the section was found to be almost circular for the beam specimens oriented at 45° and 90°; on the contrary, the section of the horizontal beam (0°) cannot be considered circular.
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