3D-printable high-temperature superalloy

3D-printable high-temperature superalloy

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By Wisse Hettinga

NASA’s superalloy GRX-810, designed for extreme air and spaceflight conditions, is now being licensed to four American companies

This 3D-printable material increases the durability of parts, withstands severe temperatures, and promotes more sustainable aviation and space exploration

NASA’s investment in a breakthrough superalloy developed for the extreme temperatures and harsh conditions of air and spaceflight is on the threshold of paying commercial dividends.

The agency is licensing its invention, dubbed “GRX-810,” to four American companies, a practice that benefits the United States economy as a return on investment of taxpayer dollars.

GRX-810 is a 3D-printable high-temperature material that will lead to stronger, more durable airplane and spacecraft parts that can withstand more punishment before reaching their breaking point.

The co-exclusive license agreements will allow the companies to produce and market GRX-810 to airplane and rocket equipment manufacturers as well as the entire supply chain.

GRX-810 is one example of many new technologies NASA’s Technology Transfer Program managers review and file for patent protection. The team also works with inventors to find partners interested in commercialization. 

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