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3D Printing Stronger, Lighter Metal Works for Automotive & Aerospace Industries
A Purdue University innovation that produces stronger, lighter metal parts that work for the automotive and aerospace industries through a 3D printing technology is being commercialized through Frontier Additive Manufacturing LLC, a Crawfordsville, Indiana-based company. "We are commercializing a multiple-laser method to create products at the micro-structural level that exceeds current 3D printing capabilities' structural integrity with the ability to adjust material properties in the original location of the part," says the company"s president, Eric Lynch. Frontier Additive Manufacturing's technology will be able to create a finished product in one setup from a CAD design that can be used to replace worn parts in manufacturing with drop-in capabilities where no other modifications are needed for the replacement part to function as an original. The patented technology was developed in the laboratories of Gary Cheng, a Purdue University associate professor of industrial engineering and Yung Shim, a Purdue professor of mechanical engineering.
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