An addictive manufacturing method used to create lightweight materials with tunable physical properties.
Creating lighter yet structurally robust materials could pave the road for new device components or consumer goods of the future. Currently, such materials are created by processes that are slow and cumbersome often requiring a substantial amount of material prost processing. There is a need of a rapid and cost effective manner to produce light-weight robust materials.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have developed a method of additive manufacturing to reduce the overall weight of material components. This is accomplished by patterning hollowed structures into the component through additive manufacturing techniques. By producing such hollowed structures in the components, less material are ultimately used in fabrication while the structural integrity of the component or part is maintained. In addition, this method provides a novel means of tailoring the electrical conductivity and thermal properties of the component manufactured.
Conceptualized in the record of invention.