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3D Printing and Metals Science Combine for Stronger, Crystal-Inspired Materials

3D Printing and Metals Science Combine for Stronger, Crystal-Inspired Materials

Written by David

January 24, 2019

Imperial materials scientists have created new artificial materials which combine our knowledge of metals with 3D printing. Image credits: Minh-Son Pham/Imperial College London The findings could speed up the use of 3D printed materials in everything from construction and vehicles to medical devices. 3D printing is often used to produce engineering components. The printed components contain lattice structures – patterns of material laid out like a grid, with repeating nodes and connecting struts, which make them lightweight. However, when traditional types of lattices fail and crack, they do so catastrophically, which limits their use. Researchers suspect that this is because there is only one pattern of lattice throughout the material, and that varying the lattice structures inside could add strength. “Now we can print robust materials, our method could be used in constructing vehicles and buildings, for example. Together with the combination of functional materials such as magnetic materials, […]

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