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Module 1: Additive Manufacturing Overview

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The key points from this module are:

Additive Manufacturing Applications include:
Prototyping: New product development, Customer demo, Assembly trials, etc.
Tooling: Manufacturing tools, Assembly tools and fixtures, Testing & Instrumentation, etc.
Part Repair Repair to suit assembly, Worn out part, Design modification, etc.

AM Benefits for Prototyping, Tooling, and Parts Repairs.
Enables more complexity
No need for tooling
Reduced cycle time
Empowers for the combination of multiple processes into a single design
Light product weight without compromising structural integrity

Process Flowchart of Metal Powder includes:
Raw Material >> Vacuum Melting >> Atomization >> Collecting Solidified Particles >> Size Classification >> Blending >> Quality Inspiration >> Packing

Parameters that influence the material properties are:
Beam Parameters
Hatch Strategy
Part Build
Thermal Processing

Chemical composition of Metal PowderInductively coupled plasma
Inert Gas Fusion
Wet Chemical Analyses

Contents of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) includes:
Product information/Identifier
Fire fighting measures: Extinguishing measures, Advice for Firefighters, etc.
First Aid measures: Eye contact, Inhalation, Skin contact, etc.

Typical issues of Metal Powders include:
Powder mismatch
Particle size variation
Less quantity received
Morphology issue
Issues with datasheet