DOE Science Showcase - 3D Printing
The Critical Materials Institute speeds metals research with 3D printer.
Image Credit: Ames Laboratory (Ames Lab).
3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates 3D objects directly from a computer model, depositing material layer by layer only where required. This technique, while still evolving, is projected to profoundly impact manufacturing. 3D printing can give industry new design flexibility, reduce energy use, and shorten time from the initial design phase to market. Not only do 3-D printers make it easier to design and produce products, they are making it easier for companies to create products they couldn’t manufacture in the past. 3D printing is gaining a fresh momentum in Department of Energy (DOE) facilities where their portfolios such as materials science, neutron imaging and supercomputing are providing unique opportunities for researchers to accelerate discovery and improve our world. Read more about 3D printing research, manufacturing techniques and capabilities in Dr. William Watson’s latest white paper In the OSTI Collections: 3D Printing and Other Additive Manufacturing Technologies.
3D Printing Research Information in DOE Databases
Related Links of Interest
Advanced Manufacturing Office, DOE EERE
Critical Materials Institute, Ames Lab
Why 3D Printers Might Create the Next Robotic Champion, the Honorable Dot Harris, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
“Printing” Tiny batteries, DOE Office of Science
Green light reflection from a low-oxygen environment, 3D-printer laser deposition of metal powder alloys.