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Printing steels

Additive manufacturing has been used to fabricate a common stainless steel, which imparts a unique microstructure to this material, making it stronger and more ductile than that produced with conventional methods.

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Figure 1: Complex hierarchically heterogeneous microstructure of 316L stainless steel produced by a laser powder-bed-fusion (L-PBF) technique.

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