Polymer Additive Manufacturing
We’re “turning up the heat” in the field of polymer additive manufacturing. Our team successfully printed the highest-temperature capable, reinforced polymer composite parts using additive manufacturing. These 3-D printed parts can withstand temperatures greater than 300 degrees Celsius, making them potentially useful for turbine engine replacement parts or in hot areas around engine exhaust. This is an extremely impactful breakthrough in composite material additive manufacturing. The material, made with carbon fiber-infused polymer resin and selective laser sintering, also has potential use on the leading and trailing edges of fighter jets in the future. This state-of-the art material breakthrough sets the stage for next generation, cost-efficient Air Force manufacturing needs.