Fundamentals of L-PBF of metals

This page is related to the popular Elsevier book “Fundamentals of Laser Powder Bed Fusion of Metals”, part of the Additive Manufacturing Materials and Technologies series. A book review was published in Advances in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, read it here:

The book website is here:

And free resources are available in the form of powerpoint slides for each chapter, at this link:

More information is found below:

Laser powder bed fusion of metals is a technology that makes use of a laser beam to selectively melt metal powder layer-by-layer in order to fabricate complex geometries in high performance materials. The technology is currently transforming aerospace and biomedical manufacturing and the adoption is widening into other industries as well including automotive, energy, and traditional manufacturing. With an increase in design freedom brought to bear by additive manufacturing, new opportunities are emerging for designs not possible previously and in material systems that now provide sufficient performance to be qualified in end-use mission-critical applications. After decades of research and development, laser powder bed fusion is now enabling a new era of digitally driven manufacturing.

Fundamentals of Laser Powder Bed Fusion of Metals will provide the fundamental principles in a broad range of topics relating to metal laser powder bed fusion. The target audience includes new users, focusing on graduate and undergraduate students; however, this book can also serve as a reference for experienced users as well, including senior researchers and engineers in industry. The current best practices are discussed in detail, as well as the limitations, challenges, and potential research and commercial opportunities moving forward.

Key Features

  • Presents laser powder bed fusion fundamentals, as well as the inherent challenges
  • Provides an up-to-date summary of this advancing technology and its potential
  • Provides a comprehensive textbook for universities, as well as a reference for industry
  • Acts as quick-reference guide

About the Editors

Prof. Igor Yadroitsev, Research Chair, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Dr. Ina Yadroitsava, Senior Researcher, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Prof. Anton Du Plessis, Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Prof. Eric MacDonald, Professor and Murchison Chair, University of Texas at El Paso, USA


The last chapter of the book contains a simple test artifact which can be designed by yourself or the STL file can be found here, simply save and change extension to STL: Artifact V1 stl

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