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Lawrence Livermore Labs Aims to Revolutionize 3D Printing

(ComputerWorld) Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a federally funded center in Livermore, Calif., that focuses on national security research, are working on creating new materials to be used in 3D printing. They’re also developing a technique for building multiple materials into the same product.¬†They’re studying the physics and chemistry at the base of the process in order to better understand how manufactured parts will stand up to conditions such as heat and stress, so they can predict a product’s behaviors and performance.
“It’s going to revolutionize manufacturing,” said Eric Duoss, a materials scientist and engineer at the lab. “It’s going to revolutionize it in terms of manufacturing itself. It’s about the ability to tailor properties and achieve property combinations that would have been previously impossible to create.”