Methods and Systems for Electrochemical Additive Manufacturing

The Problem:
Current 3-D printing is typically polymer-based and require high energy costs and heat dissipation restricts the size which can be printed. Additionally, there is no pathway to make structured alloys.

The Solution:
Researchers at The University of Alabama have developed a new method and apparatus of metal based on electrodeposition used for the direct formation of 3-D microstructure and micro-devices with unique properties as a result of combining different materials at a micro- and nano-sale. This technology that allows for electrodeposition of metals and structured metals alloys utilizing electrochemical solutions to perform the deposition on a nanoscales.

Benefits:

  • Could be used to in medical device manufacturing, computer manufacturing, and semiconductor and circuit manufacturing.
  • Using organic additives allows for a less expensive, less complicated and less hazardous method.

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