NNSA, National Nuclear Security Administration, are doing wonderful things with 3D printing, including mitigating climate change! By printing beads that capture carbon dioxide, NNSA labs are helping save our planet.
This is just one of the exciting projects being undertaken by the researchers. They have been able to 3D print materials not found in nature, with specific properties for specific purposes. By designing materials from the inside out, NNSA labs are at the leading edge of innovation enabled by additive manufacturing.
NNSA labs and sites also 3D print models of nuclear weapons for testing and verifying their performance. Key advances in additive manufacturing using metal comes from NNSA research into an advanced process to use a laser to melt successive layers of metal powder to build up shapes. The technique lets engineers design in ways that aren’t possible with standard manufacturing methods and are able to make components that perform better and weigh less.