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Researchers Develop Method to Correct Defects in 3D-Printed Materials

Additive manufacturing can produce parts with intricate shapes and minimal waste, offering excellent potential to redefine the development of metallic components. When 3D printing metallic parts, Argonne scientists found a correlation between temperatures at the surface and defects that form below.

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But that potential is restricted by one crucial challenge: managing the defects during the procedure can affect the performance of 3D-printed materials. A recent article published in the Additive Manufacturing journal has now revealed a potential breakthrough solution: temperature data can be used during production to estimate the formation of subsurface flaws, so that they can be tackled immediately.

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A research team from the Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, along with a collaborator, who is currently at Texas A&M University, has identified the possibility. Ultimately you would be able to print something and collect temperature data at the source and you […]

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