HRL Laboratories, LLC, has established a new center to accelerate the development of high-performance materials for additive manufacturing (3D printing) processes. The goal of the Center for Additive Materials is to broaden the portfolio of metals, ceramics, and polymers available for 3D printing and increase the property space accessible via additive manufacturing.
The Center’s focus areas include processing innovations to enable 3D printing of established materials, development of new metal alloys, ceramics, and polymers tailored to specific additive processes, as well as quality control and material/part qualification through in-situ sensing and data analytics.
HRL has also developed a breakthrough technology in additive processing of metals as published in Nature on September 20, 2017. HRL has developed a nanofunctionalization approach that enables 3D printing of high-strength aluminum.
HRL is uniquely positioned for leadership in additive manufacturing science and engineering. In addition, HRL maintains strong ties with universities, national laboratories, and other innovative private sector companies.