Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


No more tears for metal 3D printing

3D printing could revolutionize manufacturing processes involving metals, but few industrially useful alloys are compatible with the technique. A method has been developed that might open up the 3D printing of all metals. See Letter p.365

Your institute does not have access to this article

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Improving the properties of alloys produced using additive manufacturing.


  1. See all news & views


  1. Pollock, T. M. Nature Mater. 15, 809–815 (2016).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  2. Martin, J. H. et al. Nature 549, 365–369 (2017).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  3. Rappaz, M., Drezet, J. & Gremaud, M. Metall. Mater. Trans. A 30, 449–455 (1999).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Raghavan, N. Acta Mater. 112, 303–314 (2016).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Herzog, D., Seyda, V., Wycisk, E. & Emmelmann, C. Acta Mater. 117, 371–392 (2016).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Turner, T. The Metallurgy of Cast Iron (Griffin, 1920).

    Google Scholar 

  7. McCartney, D. G. Int. Mater. Rev. 34, 247–260 (1989).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Khairallah, S. A., Anderson, A. T., Rubenchik, A. & King, W. E. Acta Mater. 108, 36–45 (2016).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Tammas-Williams, S., Withers, P. J., Todd, I. & Prangnell, P. B. Sci. Rep. 7, 7308 (2017).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  10. Tumbleston, J. R. et al. Science 347, 1349–1352 (2015).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Iain Todd.

Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Metallurgy: Iron production electrified

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Todd, I. No more tears for metal 3D printing. Nature 549, 342–343 (2017).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Further reading


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing