Technological potential of electrostatics for powder bed fusion processes

Philipp Kindermann, Marco Michatz, Julia Förster, Christine Anstätt, Christian Seidel, Georg Schlick, Gunther Reinhart

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The field of electrostatics offers great potential for applying powder layers for powder-bed-based additive manufacturing processes like Laser based Powder Bed Fusion. In this paper, the possibilities of electrostatics are analyzed in order to derive a recoating system. Hereby, handling of various powder materials marks the main benefit of electrostatic recoaters. Different materials and powder properties can be processed within one building process. When using a photoconductor, powder materials can be applied selectively and thus enable the processing of several materials. The development of such a novel recoater poses many challenges. First, the suitability of the photoconductor material and the analogy of the electrophotographic process for additive manufacturing must be evaluated. Therefore, several experiments were conducted, and a recoater-prototype was designed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuro PM 2019 Congress and Exhibition
PublisherEuropean Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)
ISBN (Electronic)9781899072514
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Powder Metallurgy Congress and Exhibition, Euro PM 2019 - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 13 Oct 201916 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameEuro PM 2019 Congress and Exhibition


ConferenceEuropean Powder Metallurgy Congress and Exhibition, Euro PM 2019


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