The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) in the UK has released plans to research three important AM topics.

The center will reportedly focus on sustainable AM; accelerating the maturity of emerging AM materials; and enabling new process adoption and development.

Plans are for the center’s teams to research how to improve the recycling and reuse of parts made using large format AM capability. The research will also reportedly cover powder reuse before scrappage, ways to improve the performance of polymer parts with 3D printing coatings, and sustainable materials within the AM market.

The NCAM’s metal powder bed fusion (MPBF) team will also focus on ways to refine the methods used to establish new process parameters for emerging materials. The MPBF team will also be developing work on high strength aluminium materials such as A20X, and looking into material property control and multi-material applications/processes, the center said.

This story uses material from the NCAM, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.