A collaborative project conducted at RMIT University’s (Australia) Advanced Manufacturing Precinct demonstrated that 3D-printed steel tools can cut titanium alloys as well as, or in some cases better than, conventional steel tools. The team’s high-performance steel milling cutters were made using laser metal deposition technology, which works by feeding metal powder into a laser beam.

RMIT researcher Jimmy Toton received the 2019 Young Defence Innovator Award and $15,000 prize at the Avalon International Airshow for his research, which was conducted with the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and industry partner Sutton Tools.

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