Horizons of modern molecular dynamics simulation in digitalized solid freeform fabrication with advanced materials

S Goel and M Knaggs and G Goel and XW Zhou and HM Upadhyaya and VK Thakur and V Kumar and G Bizarri and A Tiwari and A Murphy and A Stukowski and A Matthews, MATERIALS TODAY CHEMISTRY, 18, 100356 (2020).

DOI: 10.1016/j.mtchem.2020.100356

Our ability to shape and finish a component by combined methods of fabrication including (but not limited to) subtractive, additive, and/or no theoretical mass-loss/addition during the fabrication is now popularly known as solid freeform fabrication (SFF). Fabrication of a telescope mirror is a typical example where grinding and polishing processes are first applied to shape the mirror, and thereafter, an optical coating is usually applied to enhance its optical performance. The area of nanomanufacturing cannot grow without a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of materials and consequently, the use of computer simulations is now becoming ubiquitous. This article is intended to highlight the most recent advances in the computation benefit specific to the area of precision SFF as these systems are traversing through the journey of digitalization and Industry-4.0. Specifically, this article demonstrates that the application of the latest materials modelling approaches, based on techniques such as molecular dynamics, are enabling breakthroughs in applied precision manufacturing techniques. (C) 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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