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1. (WO2018080538) FUSING OF METALLIC PARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/080538    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/059695
Publication Date: Fri May 04 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Nov 01 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: B22F 3/12
C04B 35/653
C22C 1/02
C22C 33/04
B29C 64/153
B29C 64/393
B33Y 50/02
Applicants: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
Inventors: NAUKA, Krzysztof
Title: FUSING OF METALLIC PARTICLES
Abstract:
According to an example, an apparatus may include a processor and a memory on which is stored instructions. The instructions may cause the processor to control at least one energy source to apply energy at a certain low energy level onto a layer of metallic particles, in which the metallic particles have micron-level dimensions, and in which application of the certain low energy level may sinter the metallic particles and may cause formation of physical connections between adjacent ones of the metallic particles. The instructions may also cause the processor to control the at least one energy source to apply energy at a certain high energy level onto the layer of metallic particles, in which application of the certain high energy level energy may melt and fuse the sintered metallic particles.