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Washington State University W. M. Keck Biomedical Materials Research Lab

Additive manufacturing of naturally-inspired structures

Despite recent advances in our understanding of the unique mechanical behavior of natural materials such as nacre and human bone, traditional manufacturing strategies limit our ability to mimic such nature-inspired structures. We have utilized additive manufacturing (AM) to imitate naturally occurring structural materials and processes differently. Among others, we have introduced a customizable single-step approach for additively fabricating geometrically-free metallic-based structural metal-ceramic composites showing directionally-tailored, location-specific properties based on commercial directed energy deposition (DED) technique.

Related selected publications

  • D. Avila, K. Stenberg, S. Bose and A. Bandyopadhyay, Acta Biomaterialia (2021).
  • K. D. Traxel, A. Bandyopadhyay, Additive Manufacturing, 34, 101243 (2020).
  • H. Sahasrabudhe, S. Bose, A. Bandyopadhyay, Acta Biomaterialia, 66, 118–128 (2018).
  • S. Tarafder, V. K. Balla, N.M. Davies, A. Bandyopadhyay, S. Bose, J. Tissue Eng. Regen. Med., 7 631–641 (2013).