3D Printing can have the option to reduce stress.

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As based on NIST, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories researchers,¨they discovered that a technique they’ve been using to prevent defects in 3D-printed metal parts may actually not be the promising solution that it’s cracked up to be.

¨Island scanning” often used in industry to decrease residual stress in metal 3D printing is not a cure-all and should only be used in specific circumstances. Residual stress is a byproduct of the repeated heating and cooling necessary to fabricate 3D-printed metal parts, one that can create defects in finished parts and even damage printers.¨

3D Printing Defects got You Down? Island Scanning Won’t Solve it All.