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Nanoengineering for Additive Manufacturing Materials: Crushing the Formulation Improvement Wall

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It’s no secret that AM’s biggest problem is in material shortcomings. The current method of formulating has hit a wall that limits future improvements. The solution to breaking through the wall is nanoengineering of AM materials. 

Nanoengineering is a branch of science that deals with the research, development and refining of materials at the nanoscale — about 1-100 nanometers. Such a small product would not appear to be significant or powerful enough to make a real-world impact. Nevertheless, advances in nanotechnology have created infinite opportunities for manufacturing, microfluidics, robotics, medicine, energy and more. The mechanical engineer’s toolbox is increasingly growing because of advances in nanotechnology. Nanoengineered materials, unlike naturally occurring materials, can be developed to enhance mechanical performance, thermal or electrical conductivity, optical properties, biosensitivity, etc.

The unique properties of nanomaterials continue to improve the performance of a wide range of products and processes. Additive manufacturing is a prime example where the most innovative technology in manufacturing is becoming even more innovative due to new nanotechnology applications. 

During this session, the audience will be introduced to the field of nanoengineering and its applications in additive manufacturing. The audience will be educated on the different types of nanomaterials available, methods for nanoengineering the materials, as well as the methods of incorporating nanoengineered materials into additive manufacturing feedstock such as resins, filaments, powders and binders. The advantages of incorporating nanoengineered materials into feedstocks and areas of application will be discussed. 

Learning Objectives:

  • The audience will be introduced to the field of nanoengineering and its applications in additive manufacturing.
  • The audience will learn the types of nanomaterials, methods for nanoengineering the materials, and the methods of incorporating nanoengineered materials into AM feedstock such as resins, filaments, powders and binders.
  • The advantages of incorporating nanoengineered materials into feedstocks and areas of application will be discussed.