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­cf Researchers Lend a Hand on Additive Manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing looks to use different metallic alloys to print a variety of finished components used in everything from children's toys to aircraft and naval ships.

Credit: University of Central Florida

The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research are working with University of Central Florida (UCF) researchers to help push the limits of additive manufacturing with metallic alloys.

Additive manufacturing aims to use different metallic alloys to print a variety of finished objects used in a range of applications, including the military. A UCF-developed process, once perfected, will likely be more efficient and mobile than conventional methods. The UCF researchers will use nearly $5 million in grants over the next five years to accelerate breakthroughs in the field.

"Additive manufacturing technology offers the unprecedented capability for agility, customization, delivery and, most importantly, design possibilities unexplored due to conventional manufacturing limitations," says UCF professor Yongho Sohn. The researchers are studying the development of new alloys specifically for some of the most technically challenging applications required by the Army and Navy, Sohn says.

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