30 Jul '16, 10pm

#3Dprinting structural foams with multiple materials creates "architected foam"

#3Dprinting structural foams with multiple materials creates "architected foam"

The new approach consists of designing "architected foam" structures that can be fabricated using 3D printing from a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites. The electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of components can also be optimized using the design method. Aimed at automotive and aerospace systems, which can benefit from materials that are strong, lightweight, and conductive, the foams are also applicable to energy, water, and medical structures that require highly conductive or porous materials. Water and energy are core research areas of the Institute, which is dedicated to providing real-world solutions to sustainability issues.

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