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Laser cladding of copper-based materials for building electrical discharge machining electrode
Author(s): Y. Tang; Li Lu; Jerry Ying Hsi Fuh; Yoke-San Wong; M. Gupta; H. Zhu
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Paper Abstract

The paper investigates the feasibility of laser cladding of copper-based materials. As an application aspect of rapid prototyping (RP), the process could be used to build electrodes for electrical discharge machining (EDM). Two types of material system-Cu/W (with and without nickel) and Cu/B4C (with and without nickel) in certain compositions were studied. The laser cladding was conducted in a 3000W CO2 laser machine using various parameters. The microstructures of laser cladding samples were checked and analysed by SEM. The performance of electrodes made from these materials was examined in the terms of machining rate and wear rate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4426, Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication, (25 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456848
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Y. Tang, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Li Lu, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Jerry Ying Hsi Fuh, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Yoke-San Wong, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
M. Gupta, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
H. Zhu, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4426:
Second International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication

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