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Title: Ames Lab 101: 3D Metals Printer

To meet one of the biggest energy challenges of the 21st century - finding alternatives to rare-earth elements and other critical materials - scientists will need new and advanced tools. The Critical Materials Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has a new one: a 3D printer for metals research. 3D printing technology, which has captured the imagination of both industry and consumers, enables ideas to move quickly from the initial design phase to final form using materials including polymers, ceramics, paper and even food. But the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) will apply the advantages of the 3D printing process in a unique way: for materials discovery.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1133093
Resource Type:
Other
Research Org:
AMES (Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE CRITICAL MATERIALS INSTITUTE; 3D-PRINTING; METALS; LASER; RARE EARTH MATERIALS