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Printing the Metals of the Future

Scientists make a rocket nozzle using a new 3-D printing technique that allows for multiple metallic properties in the same object. Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech
“We think it’s going to change materials research in the future.”
3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need for molds. But for making spacecraft, engineers sometimes need custom parts that traditional manufacturing techniques and

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