HRL Laboratories of Malibu, Calif., is commercializing its additively manufactured (3D-printed) high-strength aluminum, which has obtained the first-ever registration of an additive alloy from the Aluminum Association. HRL will be granted registration number 7A77.50 for the aluminum powder used to additively manufacture the alloy and number 7A77.60L for the printed alloy.

The Aluminum Association oversees alloy registration and product standards used throughout industry. The association’s new additive alloy registration system was launched in February 2019 in response to a growing number of additively manufactured alloys. The first to be registered was HRL Laboratories’ high-strength aluminum, the first alloy of its kind to be printable.