Materials & Coatings

Metals

Learn what’s trending in the engineering metals used in 3D printing, military, medical devices, automotive, and manufacturing. Find the latest applications that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

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Nature-Inspired, Manufactured, Non-Cuttable Material
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Liquid Metal Lattice
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