Printability of H13 tool steel by powder-fed laser additive manufacturing

The scope of this research is to provide a comprehensive recipe for powder-fed laser additive manufacturing (PF-LAM) of H13 tool steel. The H13 components manufactured by PF-LAM can potentially show superior mechanical properties as compared to H13 steel manufactured by conventional methods; however, the process optimization is requisite to achieve the additively manufactured H13 tool steel with satisfactory properties. The process is optimized to acquire the printed parts with minimum defects.