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Title: Selective laser melting of magnesium and magnesium alloy powders: A review
Authors: Manakari, V
Parande, G 
Gupta, M 
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Manakari, V, Parande, G, Gupta, M (2017). Selective laser melting of magnesium and magnesium alloy powders: A review. Metals 7 (1) : 2. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Magnesium-based materials are used primarily in developing lightweight structures owing to their lower density. Further, being biocompatible they offer potential for use as bioresorbable materials for degradable bone replacement implants. The design and manufacture of complex shaped components made of magnesium with good quality are in high demand in the automotive, aerospace, and biomedical areas. Selective laser melting (SLM) is becoming a powerful additive manufacturing technology, enabling the manufacture of customized, complex metallic designs. This article reviews the recent progress in the SLM of magnesium based materials. Effects of SLM process parameters and powder properties on the processing and densification of the magnesium alloys are discussed in detail. The microstructure and metallurgical defects encountered in the SLM processed parts are described. Applications of SLM for potential biomedical applications in magnesium alloys are also addressed. Finally, the paper summarizes the findings from this review together with some proposed future challenges for advancing the knowledge in the SLM processing of magnesium alloy powders. © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: Metals
ISSN: 20754701
DOI: 10.3390/met7010002
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