At certain key points in history, scientists and inventors have accelerated the production of metal dramatically. There will be many demands on future manufacturing, stretching both our production and environmental limits. A new advancement in material and production needs to be on the horizon, and here’s just a few metal innovations that we think could bring it forward.
Metal in 3D Printing
The headlines surrounding 3D printing haven’t been as steadfast as a few years ago, but it’s only a matter of time before synthesizing three-dimensional objects continue to transform our world.
As it stands, there are two major issues with using metal in 3-D printing. One is the total cost of both the additive process of printing the metal, along with the machines and staff who know how to use them, and the cost of the materials themselves -- not to mention the lack of metal materials made specifically for 3D printing.
Solving this would not only result in a greater number of powdered metals for use in 3D printing, but it would also result in much cheaper powdered metals. Judging where the additive manufacturing industry is going, it is in the interest in all major corporations to lower these costs in tandem with collapsing the manufacturing supply chain.
More important than what we make or how we make it, developing new metals is a major priority for the scientific community.
Below are just a few recent big “eureka” moments in metal science:
Over the past few weeks the UK’s aluminium scrap market has tightened significantly, seeing prices increasing as much as 15% as buyers seek out raw material. Such price increases have been attributed to cold weather and Christmas shutdowns, which have
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