Research reveals unique capabilities of 3-D printing

Suresh Babu, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing, was quoted in an article in R & D Magazine about  a new additive manufacturing method developed at ORNL that controls con_038313.gifthe structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes. “We’re using well established metallurgical phenomena, but we’ve never been able to control the processes well enough to take advantage of them at this scale and at this level of detail,” said Babu. “As a result of our work, designers can now specify location specific crystal structure orientations in a part.”