New, tougher steels for landing gears are being developed at the Delft Technical University in The Netherlands using a novel engineering research approach. Researchers have identified alloys using artificial intelligence algorithms as opposed to traditional trial-and-error development systems that tinker with existing chemistries. The new system is faster, and at least ten times less expensive than the commonly used approach, says Sybrand van der Zwaag, a metallurgical professor who oversees the materials programs at Delft. Corus Steel in the United Kingdom is now producing trial lots of the new steel for testing. Delft professors reviewed new technologies in meetings with American technical reporters during an advanced materials review conducted by The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
Engineers need workhorse materials with beefy mechanical properties for industrial designs made with 3D printing. Very few have been designed from the ground up for additive manufacturing, but that picture is beginning to change.
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