Bringing 3D printing into an industrial setting is difficult. While less of an issue when working with plastics, using metal powders formed into a manufactured part will need to exhibit properties similar to that of machined, cast or forged metal.

A USD$5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office looks to improve the materials used in industrial additive manufacturing (AM) by looking at new techniques for creating metal alloy powders that can be customized to match specific requirements.

The project, led by the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and supported by facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, looks to use a high pressure gas atomization process to control the properties and quality of the powders used in AM.

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