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New Book Explores Metal Powders in Additive Manufacturing


 Drs. Enrique J. Lavernia and Julie M. Schoenung, professors in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University, have joined forces to write “Metallic Powders for Additive Manufacturing: Science and Applications,” published by Wiley, Inc.

“Given our active involvement in this field, we saw the need for a book dedicated to the exploration of metal powders within the framework of additive manufacturing,” Lavernia said. 

This technical reference book provides a foundational understanding of the science that controls the formation and microstructure of atomized metallic droplets. Additional chapters describe methods for characterizing the chemical and physical properties of metallic powders, and the influence these characteristics have on the final additively manufactured parts. The economic and sustainability-related benefits and constraints of atomization and AM, together with a vision for the future, are also provided.

This book is co-authored by Dr. Kaka Ma, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and School of Advanced Materials Discovery at Colorado State University; Dr. James Shackleford, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis; and Dr. Baolong Zheng, project scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate closely with our outstanding colleagues,” Lavernia said. “We thoroughly enjoyed writing this book with them.”

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