Tauranga student out to pioneer new technology

University of Waikato’s Ben Jackson has become the first mechanical engineering doctoral student to study in the Bay of Plenty.

He is researching titanium ceramics at the Titanium Industry Development Association in Tauranga.

His research aims to create a new titanium composite material for use in selective laser melting, commonly known as 3D printing or additive manufacturing. The composite will be stronger, lighter and more resistant to high temperatures than titanium alone.  More…