Applications of Solid Freeform Fabrication at the Naval Research Laboratory

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2001

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Thomas, J.P.
Bender, B.A.
Pique, A.
Cooper, K.P.
Rayne, R.J.
Richardson, A.C.

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Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) and related techniques are used at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for a variety of materials related investigations. Research and applications conducted over the past few years are described including: Helisys Laminated Object Manufacturing System (LOMS) fabrication of: ceramic piezoelectric actuators, tooling for multifunctional materials, and anatomical prototypes for surgical visualization; fabrication of mesoscale electronic and sensor components using a laser forward transfer direct write technique; and visualization of complex, 3-D microstructures using a Stratasys Fused-Deposition Modeler. The paper closes with a brief overview of future SFF related work at the NRL.

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