Advancements in 3D metal printing technologies

At 3D Additive we work with a wide range of state-of-the-art microscopy techniques to analyse the microstructure of 3D printed components.

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About 3D Additive

3D additive is a research collaboration between the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (UNSW)

It is part of the Australia-US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program (AUSMURI), which is an investment program encouraging Australian universities to collaborate with universities in the United States.

It complements the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant program, administered by the US Department of Defense. The US academic institutions involved in this research include the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; University of California, Santa Barbara; Colorado School of Mines; Iowa State University; Ohio State University; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

This AUSMURI project was the first of its kind that was supported by the Next Generation Technologies Fund, which is managed by DST, and focusses on research and development in emerging and future technologies.

The topic of our research focusses on exploring the underlying the mechanisms of liquid/solid and solid/solid interphase instabilities during additive manufacturing of metals. For more information on our research follow this link.

Industries

Additive manufacturing is incredibly versatile in terms of the materials that can be used and shapes that can be achieved. 3D printers exist for polymers, metals, ceramics and even concrete. Therefore components can be manufactured for various applications and industries, such as the medical industry, automotive industry and aeronautical and industry.

Aerospace industry

 

Automotive sector

Commercial sector

Medical industry

Facilities

3D Printing Facilities

Additive manufacturing is incredibly versatile in terms of the materials that can be used and shapes that can be achieved. 3D printers exist for polymers, metals, ceramics and even concrete.

The University of Sydney

Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis (SMM) is a large microscopy facility at the University of Sydney, with a wide range of equipment available. This is where the 3D additive team conducts part of their experiments.

UNSW

At UNSW the 3D additive team has access to equipment at the electron microscopy centre, in addition to the extensive and well-established research facilities available at the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

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