Revolutionizing Manufacturing: Advances in Additive Manufacturing Technologies

A special issue of Inventions (ISSN 2411-5134).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 1318

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Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
Interests: fiber reinforced additive manufacturing; low cost metal additive manufacturing; smart manufacturing; electronics manufacturing; remote laboratories; STEM education focused on manufacturing innovation

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Additive Manufacturing, University of Sheffield AMRC, Rotherham S60 5TZ, UK
Interests: additive manufacturing

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
Interests: powder bed fusion; binder jetting; materials design; additive manufacturing of metals; ceramics; composites; in situ alloying; alloy development; microstructure characterization; manufacturing processes
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, "Revolutionizing Manufacturing: Advances in Additive Manufacturing Technologies", explores the dynamic realm of Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, and its transformative impact on modern industry.

Additive Manufacturing has emerged as a catalyst for innovation by reshaping traditional design and manufacturing processes, and enabling the creation of intricate, customized, and sustainable products. This Special Issue is a platform for inventors, researchers, and industry leaders to share their pioneering work, breakthroughs, and novel applications in this field.

Key themes include advancements in materials, novel 3D printing techniques, improvements in post-processing methods, and the integration of Additive Manufacturing into various industries, from aerospace and healthcare to automotive and consumer goods. We invite contributions that highlight inventive solutions, disruptive technologies, and real-world applications that are pushing the boundaries of what is today possible within Additive Manufacturing.

Dr. Ismail Fidan
Dr. Evren Yasa
Dr. Vladimir Popov
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  • additive manufacturing
  • 3D printing
  • multi-material and multi-process technologies
  • design for additive manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • large-scale additive manufacturing
  • topology optimization
  • digital twin and simulation
  • advanced materials
  • in situ monitoring and quality control
  • AM process qualification and certification
  • functional and graded materials
  • AI
  • optimization
  • sustainability
  • supply chain management
  • bioprinting
  • post-processing

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A Novel Hybrid Ultrasound Abrasive-Driven Electrochemical Surface Finishing Technique for Additively Manufactured Ti6Al4V Parts
by Manyou Sun and Ehsan Toyserkani
Inventions 2024, 9(2), 45; - 19 Apr 2024
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Poor surface quality is one of the drawbacks of metal parts made by additive manufacturing (AM)—they normally possess relatively high surface roughness and different types of surface irregularities. Post-processing operations are usually needed to reduce the surface roughness to have ready-to-use parts. Among [...] Read more.
Poor surface quality is one of the drawbacks of metal parts made by additive manufacturing (AM)—they normally possess relatively high surface roughness and different types of surface irregularities. Post-processing operations are usually needed to reduce the surface roughness to have ready-to-use parts. Among all the surface treatment techniques, electrochemical polishing has the highest finishing efficiency and flexibility. However, although the average surface roughness can be reduced effectively (more than 80% roughness reduction), large-scale surface waviness still remains an issue when finishing metal AM parts. To maintain the finishing efficiency while reducing the surface waviness, a novel hybrid surface finishing technique is designed, which involves the combination of electropolishing, ultrasonic vibration, and abrasion. Preliminary experiments to prove the feasibility of novel hybrid finishing methods were conducted on Ti6Al4V coupons manufactured via laser powder bed fusion (LPBF). Electropolishing, a combination of ultrasound and abrasion, and hybrid finishing were conducted for process optimization and comparison purposes. The effects of the voltage, inter-electrode gap, temperature, ultrasonic amplitude, abrasive concentration, and processing time were studied and optimized. When similar optimal arithmetic mean height values (Sa ≈ 1 μm) are achieved for both processes, the arithmetic mean waviness values (Wa) obtained from hybrid finishing are much less than those from sole electropolishing after the same processing time, with the amount being 61.7% less after 30 min and 40.0% after 45 min. Full article
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