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X-ray Tomography Investigation of the Quality of Architected Structures Obtained with Additive Manufacturing Processes

Abstract : Additive Manufacturing (AM) appears to be the best candidate to manufacture random architected materials, as it offers significant freedom in the design of hollowed parts with complex geometry. However, when these structures are needed with thins walls and struts, AM processes may encounter difficulties in properly manufacturing these structures due to their capability limits. This study proposes to characterize the manufacturing of random architected structures to see firstly their fabricability and the capability of the additive manufacturing processes used, such as vat photopolymerization (Stereolithography process (SLA)), material extrusion (Fused Filament Fabrication process (FFF)) and powder bed fusion (Selective Laser Sintering process (SLS)) through tomographic, dimensional, and mass analysis. Several defects specific to each process were identified. A higher predominance of porosities, lack of printing and excess of material manifests as trapped or partially fused powder for SLS and angel hair for FFF. These defects strongly affect the dimensional and geometric accuracy of the struts and, thus, the final mass of the structure obtained with these two processes. The SLA process makes it possible to print thinner details of random architected structures with better material quality and good dimensional and geometric accuracy, under the conditions and protocol used in this study.
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Meher Azouzi, Eric Labbe, Vincent Marquet, Raphael Moulart, Samir Allaoui. X-ray Tomography Investigation of the Quality of Architected Structures Obtained with Additive Manufacturing Processes. Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, MDPI, 2022, 6 (4), pp.73. ⟨10.3390/jmmp6040073⟩. ⟨hal-03715812⟩

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