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Guest editor Special Issue "Perspectives on Additively Manufactured Metallic Materials".
Recent advances in additive manufacturing (AM) techniques offer many opportunities in terms of design freedom. Complex geometries that could not be easily manufactured using conventional techniques are relatively easy to manufacture using AM. AM of metals has been receiving particular attention, because functional parts in the various industrial sectors can now be fabricated using AM techniques. This Special Issue is, therefore, dedicated to the various areas of research relevant to metal AM. The processing parameters are known to be particularly important in metal AM. The relationship between processing parameters and the resulting microstructure and mechanical properties is one of the most important aspects that need to be studied. Process monitoring and (real-time) adaptation of processing parameters are also of great importance to enable first-time-right AM of metals. Furthermore, the quasi-static and fatigue behavior of AM metallic materials are not yet well understood and will be also covered in this Special Issue. Designer materials, where the microstructure and, thus, mechanical properties of AM materials are (locally) ‘designed’ and achieved through adjustment of processing parameters are also of interest. Finally, AM of new materials, development and improvement of new AM processes and systems, standardization of AM processes and materials, quality control in metal AM, metal powder characterization and standardization, and the other relevant aspects of metal AM are also of interest.