AM Science forum Rapid.Tech 3D 2024

Zr-based bulk metallic glasses in PBF-LB/M – near-polished surface quality in the as-built state

This study of Dr.-Ing Jan Wegner of Universität Duisburg-Essen investigates the relationship between varying contour scanning parameters and their impact on both surface characteristics and mechanical performance of the glass-forming Zr59.3Cu28.8Al10.4Nb1.5 produced via PBF-LB/M.

This study investigates the relationship between varying contour scanning parameters and their impact on both surface characteristics and mechanical performance of the glass-forming Zr59.3Cu28.8Al10.4Nb1.5 produced via PBF-LB/M. Near-polished surface states with Ra-values below 1 μm were achieved. The study identifies increased laser power as a key factor in reducing the surface roughness, while repetitive scanning exhibits only marginal improvements in surface quality. Partial crystallization on the surface of the amorphous samples is found on the as-built surfaces. However, it appears to be confined to depths below 50 μm. Impressively, the material showcases large mechanical strength in the as-built condition, evidenced by a high flexural strength of 2.2 GPa combined with approximately 1% plastic deformation. These findings offer initial insights into optimizing additive manufacturing processes for BMGs, guiding the enhancement of both surface quality and mechanical robustness in Zr-based metallic glass fabricated via PBF-LB/M techniques.

Presentation language: ENG


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Dr.-Ing. Jan Wegner

Dr.-Ing. Jan Wegner

Group Manager Additive Manufacturing Metal