SLM 3D printer used to make fusion reactor part in China

SLM 3D printer used to make fusion reactor part in China

Scientists from the Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences have built and tested a 3D printed wall of a test blanket module, a component of a fusion reactor, using CLAM steel. Selective laser melting (SLM), a kind of powder bed metal additive manufacturing process, has applications far and wide, from automotive and aerospace to the medical industry. Of all its uses, however, perhaps one of its most high-stakes applications is in the fabrication of fusion reactors. In China, researchers have just taken a big step toward harnessing the power of SLM 3D printing for […]

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