3D printing material for fighting off radiation

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The M-Flex machine is able to print the new bonded tungsten material

Industrial 3D printing is on the rise, and is only set to find more uses as the list of material properties continues to grow, hence excitement about ExOne’s latest collaboration.

Working with rp+m they’ve developed the application of bonded tungsten to be used in protecting people and their environments from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

This new bonded tungsten material will replace lead shielding in industries such as medical imaging and aerospace applications, with greater freedom of shape design.
Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer, commented, “3D printed bonded tungsten is a great solution for radiation shielding because the M-Flex can create complex shapes for these applications that would be difficult to create with conventional methods of manufacturing.

“Our collaboration with rp+m demonstrates the power of ExOne’s strategy in engaging customers in the early stages of the materials development process, yielding direct applications in new markets.”

ExOne’s Material Applications Laboratory (ExMAL) continues to have other materials under various stages of development, and will continue to work with rp+m to develop other materials and applications for the M-Flex machine.

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