Cold spray is a technology with great potential for additive manufacturing applications. Due to the high levels of plastic deformation experienced by the powder during the coating process, any deposit will require heat treatment post-spraying to improve ductility and fatigue strength. In extreme cases, the residual stresses from coating can cause delamination or compromise the bond strength when subsequent cold spray layers are deposited. This work details the use of a commercial CO2 laser cutter to perform a surface heat treatment on single lines of cold sprayed aluminium, to relieve residual stresses. The effect of laser power and traverse speed on material hardness is quantified, and compared with as sprayed deposits. The results shown in this work demonstrate the potential for in-process heat treatment to reduce post-processing time and improve coating quality by reducing residual stresses.

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