Chinese researchers have been investigating more precise ways to create bolts, detailing their findings in the recently published ‘ Characterization of 3D printed bolts based on digital image correlation and infrared thermography .’
Recognizing the benefits of 3D printing for many industries, the authors, Xiaowei Feng and Fei Xue, list the ‘plethora of advantages,’ from the potential of decreasing the need for assembly lines to less time required for development and production, and the ability to customize more complex geometries that may not have been feasible previously.
While very little research has been performed concerned bolt printing, Feng and Xue were motivated to begin this study due to the amount of progress made with metal 3D printing—especially in applications like aerospace and medicine . “Today, some important engineering materials such as steel, aluminum and titanium, may be 3D printed as full dense metal parts with outstanding properties,” explained the […]
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