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Advances in Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials

Call for Papers

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as rapid prototyping or 3D printing, generally refers to techniques that produce three-dimensional parts by adding material gradually in a layer base. In this sense, AM differs fundamentally from forming and subtractive techniques.

This special issue intends to put together research and developments in AM, particularly related to new manufacturing processes and/or to alternative start materials and products. Polymer and metal-based raw materials and products have been extensively investigated in AM techniques. Recently ceramic, glass, and composite materials have been additionally used both in commercial and in innovative AM processes. The material compositions and processing steps used for shaping or finishing the structure of AM products are responsible for final properties and performance. Recent advances in sensors, micromechanics, computational modeling, and simulation have enhanced AM technologies. As complex parts become easier to build and the equipment and skills needed to build them become more and more common, innovative approaches are achievable. Additionally, this evolution opens up new field of applications, moving it from being a prototyping tool to a final product manufacturing process (rapid manufacturing).

We are interested in papers that explore the development of new products and applications through AM processes. The improvement of process steps and material systems for the AM should also be in the scope of this edition. We invite investigators to contribute with original research as well as review papers that analyze starting materials, process parameters, and their effects on mechanical, physical, and other properties in prototypes or customized parts fabricated by AM techniques. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • CAD and software
  • Data processing for AM
  • Optimization of existing processes
  • Development of novel processes
  • Integration with conventional manufacturing techniques
  • Materials and additives aspects
  • Thermal and chemical treatments of AM products
  • Innovative applications of AM parts
  • AM for tooling
  • Biomedicine applications

Before submission, authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ame/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ame/adpro/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 28 February 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 23 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 18 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Dachamir Hotza, Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

Guest Editors

  • Cynthia Gomes, Department of Materials Engineering, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany
  • Jens Günster, Department of Materials Engineering, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany