Infuence of Post‑processing on Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures
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CitationMAJEED, Mobin, Hamaid Mahmood KHAN, Greg WHEATLEY & Rong SITU. "Infuence of Post‑processing on Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures", Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, 44.9 (2022): 389.
The rapid evolution in additive manufacturing (AM) technology advocates a periodic assessment of the recent progress in the process and product developments. One such area is lattice structure (LS) fabrication with controlled porosity, especially microscale triply periodic minimal surfaces. These nature-inspired and mechanically robust complex cellular structures are making signifcant progress in aerospace, automotive, and biomedical applications. However, limitations in the AM process, such as process-induced defects, microstructural heterogeneities, and post-processing challenges, may result in an inaccurate assessment of mechanical properties. This review paper presents a comprehensive overview of challenges in the fabrication of AM cellular structures, LS classifcation, simulation outline, and the efect of post-processing on their overall mechanical and microstructural development. It further provides a physical assessment and the underlying science of failure criteria and deformation mechanism of AM lattice structures. This review includes substantive discussions on LS topology, relative density, AM defects, and material type, critically analyzing the printability of various engineering alloys based on experimental and numerical studies. Finally, the knowledge gaps in the scientifc understanding and the future research needs for the expansion of AM lattice materials are provided.