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3D printed Al alloy

The un-uniform cells are aluminum grains. Aluminum grains grow eptaxially towards to the heat flow direction forming fan shaped melt pools during selective laser melting (SLM) process. Half of the grains in red indicate a preferential growth along the laser beam direction due to directional solidification. The grains in blue and green are those located at the melt pool boundaries or where the direction of heat flow with a deviation from the laser beam direction. Fine equiaxed grains nucleated at the melt pool boundary because of the high solidification rate. These complex grains comprise a beautiful fan shaped microstructure of 3D printed aluminum.
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Smith Engineering
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
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Invisible discoveries
Complex grains comprise a beautiful fan shaped microstructure of 3D printed aluminum
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Smith Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
School of Graduate Studies
Interdisciplinary research in materials, computational analytics and human-machine interactions
Materials Discovery and Molecular Design
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Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory, Queen's University
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Hong Qin
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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mechanical and Materials Engineering