3D printed steel discovery could make “the next generation of structural alloys”

3D printed steel discovery could make “the next generation of structural alloys”

In material development, strength and ductility can be considered as opposite ends of a rope. As the level of one property improves, the quality of the other lessens. So it is in the interest of metallurgists to challenge this balance, and find ways to make metals that are strong, yet easy to work with. A recent study from the University of Birmingham in the UK has found that 3D printing can instil ultra-mechanical properties in a popular steel alloy. Focusing on selective laser melting (SLM) the researchers, in collaboration with Stockholm University and Zhejiang University, China, have made a […]

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