The focus of this project is on the metallic powder feedstock and the influence its quality has through the product life cycle. Our approach considers the whole life-cycle strategy, assessing the feedstock in powder form, as well as the manufactured parts to determine the influence of feedstock on the final manufactured part properties.
We are establishing the link between raw materials, processing variables and physical, microstructural, and mechanical properties, to help develop new testing standards and methodologies. These will help industy to accurately compare the performance, durability and lifetime of additive manufactured parts with those made out of conventionally processed alloys. By increasing understanding of these processes and parts, we can help to unlock the benefits of additive manufacturing in driving efficiency and flexibility, across industries.