metallurgy

3D-Printing next-gen alloys

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Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, has unlocked new possibilities for unprecedented design and control of materials at the micro structural level.  While the technology is currently being explored for its potential to expand our use of polymers, ceramics, composite materials and certain metals, one graduate student in materials science and engineering at Penn State hopes to employ the technology in “printing” next generation alloys and developing techniques for bonding metals not currently possible through traditional means.