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Laser additive manufacturing of bulk and porous shape-memory NiTi alloys: From processes to potential biomedical applications

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

NiTi alloys are well known not only due to their exceptional shape-memory ability to recover their primary shape, but also because they show high ductility, excellent corrosion and wear resistance, and good biological compatibility. They have received significant attention especially in the field of laser additive manufacturing (AM). Among laser AM techniques, selective laser melting and laser metal deposition are utilized to exploit the unique properties of NiTi for fabricating complex shapes. This article reviews the properties of bulk and porous laser-made NiTi alloys as influenced by both process and material parameters. The effects of processing parameters on density, shape-memory response, microstructure, mechanical properties, surface corrosion, and biological properties are discussed. The article also describes potential opportunities where laser AM processes can be applied to fabricate dedicated NiTi components for medical applications.
Journal: MRS Bulletin
ISSN: 0883-7694
Issue: 10
Volume: 41
Pages: 765 - 774
Publication year:2016
BOF-publication weight:3
CSS-citation score:3
Authors from:Higher Education