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3D Printing of Energetic Materials and Components for Optimized or Enabling Technologies

Additive manufacturing of energetic materials is an enabling technology in that it affords unique geometries and unprecedented control over dynamic behavior. This for example could be a complex energetic materials structure, or a component of an energetic system. Several examples of 3D printed energetic articles and components are shown in Figure 1. This technology will allow for energetic systems with a wide range of tailorable or novel properties such as initiability, detonation velocity, or mechanical characteristics.
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3D printing involves the layer-by-layer deposition of one, or more, materials. The spatial placement of the material, if carefully controlled, can influence a desired static or dynamic property.
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