This week, I welcome Dr. Anthony Rollett. He is the co-director of the NextManufacturing Center and professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
He's an expert in the 3D printing of metals, Rollett’s research focuses on microstructure, strength of materials, constitutive relations, texture, porosity and formability.
On this episode, we'll be discussing 3-D printing and the problems related to printing metals like titanium.
Although 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is currently being used for rapid prototyping, it has its sights set on becoming the mainstream manufacturing process for grander applications, such as aerospace parts, custom biomedical implants, and high performance automobiles.
Improving the internal structure of 3-D printed metal parts is one of the big challenges that need to be met in order for this manufacturing process to be adopted in a more mainstream way. Less porosity will mean stronger, more reliable end-parts.
On today's episode, I'll be discussing the issue of porosity with Dr. Rollett and how be eliminated by making adjustments to the process parameters of the machine.
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