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Assessment of tests for use in process and quality control systems for selective laser sintering of polyamide powders

Lookup NU author(s): Stephen Akande, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Javier Munguia ValenzuelaORCiD


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The aim of this study was to identify the optimum set of tests required for quality assurance purposes when selectively laser sintering polyamide powders. Both Nylon 11 and Nylon 12 powders are considered, and the tensile, flexural and impact properties are assessed, together with dimensional accuracy, density and melt flow index (MFI). It is concluded that MFI and strength are key measures, with impact strength the preferred strength measure because of its practicality. The MFI and strength measures may be augmented by assessment of dimensional accuracy and density for particular applications. Additional testing beyond these measures did not provide further significant information with regard to the mechanical integrity or dimensional accuracy of the output from a build.

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Author(s): Akande SO, Dalgarno KW, Munguia J, Pallari J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Materials Processing Technology

Year: 2016

Volume: 229

Pages: 549-561

Print publication date: 01/03/2016

Online publication date: 19/10/2015

Acceptance date: 08/10/2015

ISSN (print): 0924-0136

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4774

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2015.10.010


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