Date of Award:

5-2009

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Engineering and Technology Education

Advisor/Chair:

Gary Stewardson

Abstract

Continuous and pulse selective laser sintering and laser powder deposition were used to find a solution to the manufacturing of micro-foil lattice structured components. A full factorial test matrix was used for each process to determine the processes capability to produce continuous tracks for joining the micro-foil materials. The samples were evaluated for dimensional profiles, distortion, and cycle times, to develop selection criteria for implementation of the processes into industry. The selective laser sintering processes were able to join the micro-foil materials into lattice structures with continuous tracks. The laser powder deposition processes were not able to properly join the micro-foil materials into lattice structures. The end results showed that micro-foil lattice structures can be produced using continuous and pulse selective laser sintering.

Comments

This work was revised and made publicly available electronically on July 19, 2011

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