HRL Laboratories Wins 2018 Silver Edison Award in 3D Printing Category

Brennan Yahata and Zak Eckel from MML were on hand in New York to receive HRL’s 2018 Edison Awards Silver Medal in the 3D printing category. © 2018 HRL Laboratories.

Malibu-based Company Recognized by “Oscars of Innovation” for Revolutionary Technique That Enables 3D Printing Previously Unprintable High-Strength Materials

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has been won the silver medal in the Applied Technology/3D Printing category of the 2018 Edison Awards for their work in microstructure control of 3D printed materials.  Often described as “the Oscars of Innovation,” the award is named for Thomas Alva Edison and recognizes the world’s best innovations and innovators. The award winners were announced at the 31st Annual Edison Awards Gala held Wednesday April 11, 2018 in New York City.

With Microstructure Control for High Performance Additive Materials, HRL Laboratories has made breakthroughs in metal and ceramic 3D printing technology.

3D printing high-strength aluminum opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant aluminum parts. Innovative formulation and processing during additive manufacturing can overcome limitations in high-temperature ceramics.

The innovations developed by HRL have wide-ranging applications including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, and sporting goods.  Producing structures from these new classes of materials via additive manufacturing allows designers and engineers to produce products with greater freedom and higher performance than ever before.

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HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, California ( is a corporate research-and-development laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors specializing in research into sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics. HRL provides custom research and development and performs additional R&D contract services for its LLC member companies, the U.S. government, and other commercial companies.

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