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Additive Manufacturing Capabilities Applied to Inertial Confinement Fusion at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Tana Cardenas, Derek W. Schmidt, Dominic S. Peterson

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 70 / Number 2 / August-September 2016 / Pages 288-294

Technical Paper / dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-249

First Online Publication:June 30, 2016
Updated:August 9, 2016

We describe the use at Los Alamos National Laboratory of additive manufacturing (AM) for a variety of jigs and coating, assembly, and radiography fixtures. Additive manufacturing has also been used to produce shipping containers of complex design that would be too costly to have fabricated using traditional techniques. The current goal for AM use in target fabrication is to increase target accuracy and rigidity. This has been realized by implementing AM into target stalk fabrication, allowing increased complexity to address target strength and the addition of features for alignment at facilities. We will describe the fabrication of these components and our plans to utilize AM in the future.

 
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