Video: No more rivet guns—Unweldable metals can now be 3-D printed, thanks to nanoparticles

By Faye Oney / September 27, 2017

Researchers have successfully 3-D printed unweldable aluminum alloys, incorporating zirconium-based nanopowders into the additive manufacturing process, which prevents hot cracking. They say they can now make any unweldable metal weldable using this process.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 3, 2015

Boise State gets new Materials Research Center, impossible phase transitions, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 2, 2015.

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Gotta keep ‘em separated: Garnet ceramics find calling as Li-ion battery bouncers

By April Gocha / October 22, 2014

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab say that ceramics can improve the batteries of tomorrow. Testing of a garnet ceramic material LLZO suggests that it might be the perfect protector for lithium anodes in batteries that last longer and do more.

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News from the glass and refractory worlds

By P. Carlo Ratto / May 15, 2012

• Allied Glass has agreed a deal to take additional space at a location in Leeds, UK as demand for its products increases. The company recently announced that it expects 2012 sales to exceed £100 million; its performance was being driven by rising demand for spirits in emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and…

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ORNL confirms Spaniards’ ionic conductivity ‘superhighway’ that may boost SOFCs

By / September 15, 2008

Investigators at the Oak Ridge National Lab have confirmed startling characteristics in a solid electrolyte material we reported on several weeks ago, one that should allow solid oxide fuel cells to operate at temperatures hundreds of degrees lower than what is currently possible and boost the practicality of solid-oxide fuel cells. To recap, a research…

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