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Super Magnets Produced Successfully With Laser-Based 3D Printer

Magnetic materials are an important component of mechatronic devices such as wind power stations, electric motors, sensors, and magnetic switch systems. Magnets are usually produced using rare earth elements and conventional manufacturing methods. A team of researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has worked together with researchers from the Graz University of Technology, the University of Vienna and the research institution Joanneum Research to produce specially designed magnets using a 3D printer.

 The research team, involving Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke from the Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems at FAU, has now succeeded in creating super magnets using laser-based 3D printing. Metallic powder of the magnetic material is added layer by layer and the particles are joined by melting.

 The process allows magnets to be printed with a relatively high density at the same time as controlling their microstructure. This allows researchers to tailor the magnetic properties to suit the required application exactly.



The development of 3D printing has promoted the development of electromechanics, and the journal of Frontiers of Mechatronical Engineering (FME) also publishes similar topics.FME is dedicated to publish high-quality papers on the fundamental properties of engineering, providing a unique international forum for new researches related to all areas of mechatronical engineering.

Potential researchers are encouraged to submit original, high quality research articles, reviews, short communications, letters, etc.

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