Metal 3D printing can be said to be one of the most promising sectors of the manufacturing industry, because of the increasing use of this new technology in many areas, including health care, aerospace, automotive and defense. However, one of the biggest obstacles in metal fabrication is the development of new, productive materials. Fortunately, we can now expect to have made great progress in this area, because Ames (Ames) laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently from the United States Department of Energy Office of advanced manufacturing (AMO) $5 million, to promote the products of increasing metal manufacturing alloy powder.
The United States Department of Energy Office of advanced manufacturing and small businesses, educational institutions and other organizations to establish partnerships, to promote investment and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, recently to the Ames laboratory and ORNL investment of $5 million, to further promote the metal alloy powder 3D printing. Ames laboratory is part of the United States Department of energy's office of science at the Iowa State University, and is a science laboratory for the development of new materials, technologies and energy solutions. ORNL is located in Tennessee, Ridge DOE Oak research institutions, has made an important contribution to the development of 3D printing technology.
Through the AMO $5 million funding, two research laboratories will seek to develop new metal alloy powder, with the best performance and quality of the material for the manufacture of. Taking this into account, the metal alloy powder (which is used for the metal 3D printing raw material) needs to have the best quality, in order to make the part of the material added to show a strong and durable quality. So far, although the 3D printing technology has been developed by leaps and bounds, but due to the lack of internal AM material, many industries have been limited.
Associate professor at the Iowa State University Department of materials science and Engineering Laboratory, Ames project manager, senior metallurgist Iver Anderson explained: "the increase in material manufacturing metal alloys have a strong interest, because there are many potential applications. Industrial needs prototype parts, design and development, reduce the waste of expensive materials, as well as efficient production of custom components for customers."
Anderson added that, according to the current situation, manufacturers in the 3D printing can be used to limit the use of metal materials, and the situation is likely to require the material can not be used. "We need to reach the goals set by our customers. This will be the key to increasing the manufacturing process of the material, "he said.
With the injection of new funds, these two research institutions will promote the research of the overall production process and composition of the metal alloy powder. Specifically, the researchers will continue to work on the high-pressure gas atomization process pioneered in the Ames laboratory, and the development of customized metal alloys, so that it has the best performance for the production of wood. Experimental gas atomization and alloy design will be mainly carried out in the powder synthesis facility in Ames laboratory. ORNL will be manufactured in its manufacturing demonstration plant material for the experiment.