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Traditional processing methods for the part production of Co-Cr alloys include casting, powder metallurgy, and metal forming. However, the steps involved during materials processing followed by metal forming and machining are time consuming and fraught with processing variables. Three-dimensional (3D) printing enables rapid evolution in design, personalization, and so on. This article presents a brief description of some common additive manufacturing (AM) processes for the production of cobalt alloy parts, and provides a comparison between AM and conventional processing methods. The discussion is centered on process-microstructure-properties correlation in additively manufactured cobalt alloys and applications of these alloys.

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