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Numerical Simulation of Direct Metal Laser Sintering of Single-Component Powder on Top of Sintered Layers

[+] Author Affiliations
Bin Xiao, Yuwen Zhang

University of Missouri at Columbia

Paper No. IMECE2006-13792, pp. 519-527; 9 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 2
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4785-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


A three dimensional model describing melting and resolidification of direct metal laser sintering of loose powders on top of sintered layers with a moving Gaussian laser beam is developed. Natural convection in the liquid pool driven by buoyancy and Marangoni effects is taken into account. A temperature transforming model is employed to model melting and resolidification in the laser sintering process. The continuity, momentum, and energy equations are solved using a finite volume method. Effects of dominant processing parameters including number of the existing sintered layers underneath, laser scanning velocity and initial porosity on the sintering process are investigated.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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