Ni-Mn-Ga micro-trusses via sintering of 3D-printed inks containing elemental powders

Shannon L. Taylor, Ramille N. Shah, David C. Dunand*

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Ni-Mn-Ga magnetic shape memory alloy (SMA) micro-trusses, suitable for high magnetic field induced strains and/or a large magnetocaloric effect, are created via a new additive manufacturing method combining (i) 3D-printing of ∼400 μm struts with an ink containing a polymer binder and elemental Ni, Mn, and Ga powders, (ii) binder burn-out and metallic powder interdiffusion and homogenization to create the final alloy, and (iii) further sintering to increase strut density. Controlled amounts of hierarchical porosity, desirable to enable twinning in this polycrystalline alloy, are achieved after sintering: (i) continuous, ∼450 μm wide channels between the printed, ∼300 μm diameter Ni-Mn-Ga struts and (ii) microporosity within the struts, from 50 to 200 μm voids where the largest Ga powders initially resided, and from residual 5–25 μm pores between powders due to incomplete sintering. The micro-trusses, sintered at 1000 °C for 12 h, and chemically ordered for 10 h at 700 °C, with overall porosities of 73–76%, have uniform compositions near Ni-32Mn-18Ga (at.%) and are comprised of a non-modulated martensite phase. Reversible martensite/austenite transformations between 45 and 90 °C, Curie temperatures of 85–90 °C, and saturation magnetizations of up to 56 Am2/kg are achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - Jan 15 2018


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Liquid phase sintering
  • Magnetic shape memory alloy
  • Porosity
  • Sintering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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