3D Printing in a Fraction of the Time
By using laser-generated, hologram-like 3D images flashed into photosensitive resin, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, along with academic collaborators, have discovered they can build complex 3D parts in a fraction of the time of traditional layer-by-layer printing. With this process, researchers have printed beams, planes, struts at arbitrary angles, lattices and complex and uniquely curved objects in a matter of seconds.
While additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, is enabling engineers and scientists to build parts in configurations and designs never before possible, the impact of the technology has been limited by layer-based printing methods, which can take up to hours or days to build three-dimensional parts, depending on their complexity. Continue reading “3D Printing in a Fraction of the Time (Video)”
General Electric (GE) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently received $540,000 to develop open-source algorithms that will improve additive manufacturing of metal parts. Continue reading “Lawrence Livermore, GE to Develop Open Source Algorithms for 3D Printing”
The samples may look flimsy, but what engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created with a special 3-D printer is something that mixes hard metal, tough ceramics and flexible plastics. The material is one-of-a-kind, lightweight and superstrong. Continue reading “3-D Printer Creates Superstrong Material, Mixing Metal, Ceramics and Plastics”
They may look flimsy, but the materials printed with 3-D printing technology are one-of-a-kind, light-weight and super-strong. Materials engineers at LLNL have created a material with a special 3-D printer that mixes hard metal, tough ceramics and flexible plastics. Continue reading “Ultrastiff Material Is Light As A Feather (VIDEO)”