Special Issue "Recent Advances in Multi-Material Metal Additive Manufacturing"

A special issue of Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing (ISSN 2504-4494).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 82

Special Issue Editor

Materials Engineering Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550, USA
Interests: additive manufacturing; fracture mechanics; synchrotron X-rays; process monitoring; data analytics; particle dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the Guest Editor for the Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, I am pleased to announce a Special Issue on the Recent Advances in Multi-Material Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM). Over the past 30 years, metal AM has evolved rapidly in various aspects, e.g., productivity and part quality. Many industrial sectors have started to adopt AM due to the unique capabilities that AM can offer. But almost with no exception, the application space of the metal AM technologies has been limited to single-material components. On the one hand, it is the technical difficulties, e.g., deposition method and material compatibility, that have slowed down the advancement of multi-material AM; on the other hand, the lack of known applications resulted in less investments. This problem will be solved as multi-material AM becomes more accessible and the meso-scale design starts to be incorporated into the design philosophy.

For this Special Issue, researchers are encouraged to submit their novel studies which address the challenges specifically in multi-material metal AM, including but not limited to:

  1. Design optimization;
  2. Feedstock delivery methods;
  3. Machine and laser control;
  4. Scan strategy optimization;
  5. Printing parameter optimization;
  6. Process monitoring;
  7. Characteristics of the multi-material interface;
  8. Defect formation mechanisms;
  9. Material compatibility;
  10. Alloy discovery;
  11. Post-processing treatments;
  12. Microstructural characteristics;
  13. Mechanical performance;
  14. Novel multi-material testing methods.

Dr. Ziheng Wu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • multi-material
  • metal additive manufacturing
  • powder bed fusion
  • graded material
  • defect formation mechanisms
  • solidification
  • microstructural characteristics
  • mechanical performance
  • alloy discovery
  • process and design optimization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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