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    New Method Combines 3D Printing with Aluminum Casting for Damage-Tolerant Components

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rice University have developed a new manufacturing method that combines 3D printing with traditional casting in order to produce damage-tolerant components composed of multiple materials. The A356/316L composite components have showed a significantly greater damage tolerance than aluminum alone. “This scalable processing strategy can be used to fulfill specific component functions, giving […]

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    ORNL 3D-Printed Excavator Project Advances Additive Manufacturing R&D

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers partnered with industry partners and university students to design and produce the world’s first 3D-printed excavator as part of Project Additive Manufactured Excavator (AME), which will focus on using metal additive manufacturing to develop heavy construction machinery. The prototype will leverage large-scale additive manufacturing technologies and explore the feasibility of printing with metal […]

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    Oak Ridge Uses Lasers to Bond Aluminum and Carbon Fiber

    Joining aluminum and carbon fiber composites for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision. The process, developed by a team led by Adrian Sabau of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), […]