Re: [rp-ml] functional graded materials

From: Adrian Bowyer (
Date: Tue Aug 23 2005 - 20:47:36 EEST

Quoting Carl Hauser <>:

> An MSc student of mine is planning to write a review of research on
> functional
> graded structures, with a view to investigating the feasibility of graduating
> material properties through a component. He is also interested in finding out
> if any research exists where build and/or part parameters have been tailored
> to
> control material properties.
> I would be very grateful for any references or full papers/articles on this
> subject area that I could pass onto him. Can I also stress that this is not a
> machine specific request, he is interested in research being conducted on all
> layer additive systems.

One thing he should definitely look at is biological materials. Almost every
organsim uses this trick (because it's so easy to do if you're building
bottom-up). Substances of particular note are bone, wood, insect cuticle, and
nacre (mother of pearl).


Adrian Bowyer

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