Cold-spray process (CS) showed suitable properties to weld together compatible and incompatible materials. Since it has been intensively studied as additive technique using metallic powders on metallic surfaces, and only recently with polymeric powders, we compare, in a very preliminary attempt, simulated data of the impact of an aluminum particle onto aluminum substrate, with the case of an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) particle on the same substrate. It is noteworthy that such polymer cannot be processed by classical means (extrusion, injection molding, etc.), and CS appears to be very promising as alternative technique to powder sintering (applicability on large surface area, surface curvature).

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