AM Surface Finishing Study (Fraunhofer IAPT)

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AM Surface Finishing Study (Fraunhofer IAPT)

Aim of this study

The aim of this study is to give an overview of industry-related surface finishing processes that are most relevant for additively manufactured meta! parts and to compare them with each other based on benchmark criteria. This will help to decide which processes are most suitable for a specific application

Insights to be gained

  • What surface properties can be achieved with which post-processing method
  • What are strengths and limitations of the most market relevant post-processing methods
  • How suitable are the post-processing methods for different AM materials
  • What are price ranges of the post-processing methods and their major cost drivers

About the author

With this work, the authors of this study, namely Maximilian Kluge and his colleagues, want to contribute to the industrialization of 3D printing.

Many years of AM experience and daily contact with the typical challenges of post-processing Additively Manufactured parts let them focus on the most critical questions. The aim of the additive surface studies is to generate knowledge that eliminates previous showstoppers while contributing to the further development of Additive Manufacturing – with regard to the entire process chain – as a cost-efficient, reliable production technology.

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