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In 2017, the extreme high-speed laser application (EHLA) process was developed; evolved from laser metal deposition, it is capable of applying fully fused metallic coatings with a maximum coverage rate of 250cm2/min (i.e. >10x faster), and brings with it great potential for new capability. This project seeks to investigate the capabilities of the new technology as a replacement opportunity for hexavalent chrome plating and thermal spray processes. Cost implications of the EHLA process with comparison to state-of-the-art coating technologies will also be assessed.
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