With new heat treatment, 3D-printed metals can withstand extreme conditions

A new MIT-developed heat treatment transforms the microscopic structure of 3D-printed metals, making the materials stronger and more resilient in extreme thermal environments. The technique could make it possible to 3D print high-performance blades and vanes for power-generating gas turbines and jet engines, which would enable new designs with improved fuel consumption and energy efficiency. Today's gas turbine blades are manufactured through conventional casting processes in which molten…

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With new heat treatment, 3D-printed metals can withstand extreme conditions