Geometry control of closed contour forming in uniform micro metal droplet deposition manufacturing

Zhang, Daicong and Qi, Lehua and Luo, Jun and Yi, Hao and Hou, Xianghui and Li, Hejun (2017) Geometry control of closed contour forming in uniform micro metal droplet deposition manufacturing. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 243 . pp. 474-480. ISSN 0924-0136

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Abstract

Micro metal droplet deposition manufacturing shows great potential applications in many industrial areas such as micro circuits printing, thin-wall metal parts, porous metal parts, and heterogeneous material parts. However, excessive overlapping of metal droplets in corners deteriorates the quality of printed parts. To solve this problem, the droplet center-to-center distance must always keep uniform and be in an ideal range. First, reasons of excessive overlapping in corners are analyzed and a mathematical model is proposed. Then droplet center-to-center distance is optimized and compensated according to corner angle of contour lines and number total of droplets so that the distance between adjacent droplets is proper. The coordinate of rearranged droplets is obtained by calculation. To verify this method, uniform solder droplets were ejected and deposited on a flat substrate. A series of deposition experiments were carried out. Some triangle contours were formed. The results show that quality of the formed parts had been significantly improved by using the proposed method.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2017.01.007
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 11:08
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2017 12:14
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40615

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