Characterization of Hybrid Components Consisting of SEBM Additive Structures and Sheet Metal of Alloy Ti-6Al-4V
Within this paper the characterization of hybrid components consisting of selective electron beam melting (SEBM) additive structures and sheet metal of alloy Ti-6Al-4V will be presented. Key idea of the new production approach is the combination of the advantages of two different manufacturing processes. On the one hand the very high flexibility of the additive manufacturing process and on the other hand the economic production of conventional geometries by deep drawing operations. Main challenge within this new and innovative process is the identification and quality of the properties of the new hybrid components after the manufacturing process. The necessary evaluation consists of three parts: the analysis of the deep drawing blanks, the additive manufactured structure and finally the connection between both. Whereas standardized testing methods are available for the testing of the blanks and the additive structure, there are hardly scientific publication which deals with the investigation of the connection between them. Therefore, a new testing methods and consequently a new tool design was developed in order analyze the specimens in dependency of different strain- and stress conditions. At the end microstructural investigations were performed to identify the fundamental mechanisms which lead to the different properties on macroscopic scale. The result proofed that in particular the electron beam power has a high influence on the production process and thereby the connection quality.
A. Schaub et al., "Characterization of Hybrid Components Consisting of SEBM Additive Structures and Sheet Metal of Alloy Ti-6Al-4V", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 611-612, pp. 609-614, 2014