Postprocessing of Additively Manufactured Metal Parts Academic Article uri icon


  • Reprinted from ASM book chapter with permission ( This article describes postprocessing techniques for machining, finishing, heat treating, and deburring used to remove additive manufacturing (AM) metallic workpieces from a base plate and subsequent techniques to enhance printed workpieces. The AM processes include powder bed fusion, binder jetting, and direct energy deposition. The discussion provides information on powder removal, powder recycling and conditioning, part removal, and part enhancement. The mechanism, applications, advantages, and limitations of mechanical, radiation, and chemical finishing processes as well as the properties of the resulting material are also covered.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance

author list (cited authors)

  • Hung, W.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Hung, Wayne

publication date

  • January 2021