Tribology of Additive Manufactured Parts

Key Information

AM Tech
Hybrid AM Cladding
Potential Applications
  • Redesigning AM parts makes them more wear-resistance through understanding AM part wear behaviours and can increase efficiency & reduce downtime caused by wear.
  • Creating more robust and reliable AM parts through optimising design and helping to improve the longevity and reliability of medical devices, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
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Problem Statement

  • The rapid advancement of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies creates an abundance of opportunities to re-examine outdated designs.
  • The surfaces of parts created through AM techniques vary from those produced through conventional manufacturing methods, making it necessary to reevaluate and redesign parts accordingly.
  • Understanding the wear behaviour of the “new” surfaces generated by AM technologies is critical in producing more robust parts and enhancing AM technologies.


  • To understand and analyse the unique surface wear characteristics of parts produced through AM methods and identify the differences from conventional manufacturing methods.
  • To improve the durability and robustness of AM parts by comprehending the wear behaviour of the “new” surfaces created through AM technologies.

Key Benefits/Outcomes

  • The ability to understand the wear behaviour of these “new” surfaces generated by AM technologies leads to the production of more robust and reliable AM parts.
  • The development of the tribo-test capability by SIT enables a more comprehensive investigation of the wear of AM parts, identifying potential design improvements and optimising manufacturing processes.