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Extensive research is being conducted to find alternatives to steel and other, heavier, metals. Research and development crosses the spectrum of materials sciences, but for the purpose of this report, we have limited the findings to superalloys and what we will term “Nanomaterials” (as there are many terms currently being used). And this will be defined as the work that is being done at the molecular level to create new, lightweight, corrosion-resistant materials, or to enhance currently existing superalloys.
Superalloys are being used in commercial manufacturing — especially aerospace and automotive. Nanomaterials are still mostly in the research phase.
The Verge, January 24, 2018
Nanowerk, January 23, 2018
Phys.org, January 22, 2018
ScienceDaily, January 9, 2018
Rand, December 22, 2017
Science Daily, December 19, 2017
Research at Osaka University, December 14, 2017
New materials provide advantages such as being more lightweight, corrosive-resistant, and, in some cases, conduct electricity easily.
The biggest issue holding back the use of nanocomposites is the cost of production. Cost is also a factor when using superalloys. The other issue is the lack of scalability of manufacturing.
Much of this sector is still in exploratory research for product development. Only a few commercially produced products, and a few efforts for scalable manufacturing currently exist.
If production and scalability costs can be overcome, these materials pose a big threat to how metal parts will be manufactured in the future.