The presence of impurities in metal powder feedstock for laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) can strongly affect the mechanical properties of the sintered part. As a matter of fact, the contamination particles trapped in the uniform metal matrix of the raw material, act as a discontinuity and, therefore, as a site for fatigue crack nucleation and growth, leading to a dramatic reduction of the expected fatigue life. While cross-contamination detection is a key parameter to establish the quality level of the metal powder feedstock, its removal is crucial to ensure that the sintered parts will fulfil the service requirements. In this study, metal powder feedstock for laser PBF were intentionally contaminated, submitted to a removal process based on their magnetic properties, through suitably developed equipment. The contaminated and processed powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) techniques.
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