As the complexity and applications of additive manufacturing increase, Penn State researchers are digging down to the smallest scales to optimize the technology on a molecular level.
“There are still a lot of unknowns about how 3D printing actually works,” said Adri van Duin, principal investigator of the project and professor of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and engineering science and mechanics at Penn State. “For this project, we theorized you could learn a lot by looking at the various molecules they’re operating with.”
A paper published in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Journal details how researchers examined additive manufacturing methods and materials using atomistic-scale simulations to optimize their performance for ultimately stronger and more useful 3D-printed components. “We went down to the most fundamental level, looking at the physical chemistry and the […]
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