Direct joining of 3D-printed thermoplastic parts to SLM-fabricated metal cellular structures by ultrasonic welding

Sheng Hung Tang, Chung-Wei Cheng*, Ren Yu Yeh, Ray Quan Hsu

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Abstract

The joining capability of metal cellular structures fabricated using the additive manufacturing (selective laser melting (SLM)) method is investigated herein. The metal cellular structures are composed of sub-millimeter holes and internal pores. The direct joining of 3D-printed ABS-M30i thermoplastic parts to metal cellular structures by ultrasonic welding is demonstrated. The SLM-fabricated structures comprised of partially melted powders provide micro-scale roughness, which enhances the micro-mechanical interlocking between joining parts. A shear strength 17.7 MPa and normal tensile strength of 15.2 MPa were obtained, up to 55 and 48% of ABS-M30i ultimate tensile strength, respectively. Moreover, normal tensile plastic strength up to 86% of the shear strength was obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-736
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Volume99
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Micro-mechanical interlocking
  • Selective laser melting
  • Ultrasonic welding

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