Three-dimensional transient finite element analysis of the selective laser sintering process

L. Dong, A. Makradi, Said Ahzi, Y. Remond

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A transient three-dimensional finite element model is developed to simulate the phase transformation during the selective laser sintering process; taking into account the thermal and sintering phenomena involved in this process. A bi-level structure integration procedure is chosen, in which the temperature dependent thermal conductivity, specific heat, and density are integrated at the outer level then used as material constants for the integration of the heat equation in the inner level. Results for temperature and density distribution, using a polycarbonate powder, are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)700-706
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Finite element
  • Polycarbonate
  • Process modelling
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Selective laser sintering (SLS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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