Functionally graded materials (FGM) have recently attracted a lot of research attention in the wake of the recent prominence of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. The continuously varying spatial composition profile of two or more materials affords FGM to possess properties of multiple different materials simultaneously. Emerging AM technologies enable manufacturing complex shapes with customized multifunctional material properties in an additive fashion. In this paper, we focus on providing an overview of research at the intersection of AM techniques and FGM objects. We specifically discuss FGM modeling representation schemes and outline a classification system to classify existing FGM representation methods. We also highlight the key aspects such as the part orientation, slicing, and path planning processes that are essential for fabricating FGM object through the use of multimaterial AM techniques.
Additive Manufacturing of Functionally Graded Material Objects: A Review
Manuscript received August 20, 2017; final manuscript received March 15, 2018; published online July 3, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Yong Chen.
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Zhang, B., Jaiswal, P., Rai, R., and Nelaturi, S. (July 3, 2018). "Additive Manufacturing of Functionally Graded Material Objects: A Review." ASME. J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng. December 2018; 18(4): 041002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4039683
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