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Could bulk metallic glass 3D printing be Desktop Metal’s next move?

Written by Paul

September 11, 2018

A research paper co-authored by researchers at Yale University , MIT and engineers at Massachusetts 3D printer manufacturer Desktop Metal , demonstrates the possibility of 3D printing amorphous metals. When heated, these metals behave more like glass or plastic, meaning they have great potential for use in extrusion-based 3D printing methods. Recently, Desktop Metal released the next generation of its 3D binder jetting based hardware, the Studio System+ , but could amorphous metals/bulk metallic glass (BMG) 3D printing be the next step for the technology unicorn ? A 3D printed bulk metallic glass sample from latest research published in Materials Today. Photo © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier. The advantages of bulk metallic glasses BMGs differ from conventional metals in that they have a super-cooled liquid region in their thermodynamic profile. This means that BMGs undergo continuous softening when heated, like common thermoplastics used in Fused Filament Fabrication […]

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