Laser Cladding of a Ramp Thin Wall with a Variable
To reduce stair-step effect when layered forming samples using 2.5D slices, a geometric model with variable thickness slices was developed. Experiments were performed with varying of powder feed rate. Relationships between geometrical precision of samples formed by laser clad forming (LCF) and a variable of powder feed rate were investigated. While the variation of powder feed rate with a calculated step was approximately continuous, clad layers with height increasing approximately linearly along clad length were achieved. Clad height increased from 0.05 to 0.39 mm with powder feed rate varying from 0.5 to 2.5 g/min. Scanning paths were planned by simulating forming process of the ramp through Matlab program. Using the scanning path, a relatively smooth ramp thin wall of 316L stainless steel was formed with a slope angle 3.37° by the experimental validation.
Yuhang Yang, Xilong Qu, Yiping Luo and Aimin Yang
X. Y. Wang et al., "Laser Cladding of a Ramp Thin Wall with a Variable", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 216, pp. 419-423, 2011