Capability profile of an additively manufacturing machine based on the selective laser melting process

Mantel, Jessica Kirsten (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2011-10)

Abstract

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Additive Manufacturing is a relatively young technology that involves the layer-by-layer addition of material in solid, liquid or powder form to create parts. It is ideally suited for producing complex parts with small production batches. The industrial applications of these techniques as well as the advantages and disadvantages of Additive Manufacturing are explored and an overview of the different Additive Manufacturing techniques is detailed. Selective Laser Melting is one Additive Manufacturing technique that is discussed further and the characteristics of the M2 Laser CUSING machine and the EOSINT M 270 machine are detailed. A capability profile of various Additive Manufacturing machines is ultimately formed and this capability profile is used to identify the applicability of the different machine types to the Tooling, Medical and Aerospace/Motor Industries.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Toevoegende Vervaardiging is 'n nuwe tegnologie wat behels dat laag-vir-laag toevoeging van materiaal in die vaste-, vloeistof of poeier vorm om produkte te maak. Dit is ideaal geskik vir die vervaardiging van komplekse dele met 'n klein produksie lotte. Die industriële toepassings van hierdie tegnieke asook die voordele en nadele van toevoegende vervaardiging is ondersoek en 'n oorsig van die verskillende toevoeging vervaardiging tegnieke is bespreek. SLM is een Toevoegende Vervaardiging tegniek wat verder bespreek is asook die kenmerke van die M2 Laser CUSING masjien en die EOSINT M 270 masjien. 'n Vermoë profiel van verskeie Toevoeging Vervaardiging masjiene is uiteindelik gevorm en hierdie moontlikheid profiel word gebruik om die toepaslikheid van die verskillende tipes masjien met betrekking tot die Tooling, Mediese en Vlug / Motoriese Sektore.

Final year project, 2011

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