Chinese Experts Approve 3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor Component

The China Nuclear Power Research Institute and Nanfang Additive Manufacturing Technology 3D printed a pressure vessel cylinder for an ACP100 nuclear reactor recently. That critical 3D printed part has now passed a technical appraisal from experts. The experts passing judgment on the 3D printed nuclear reactor component came from 13 research institutes, including the China Nuclear Power Institute, the National Nuclear Engineering Company, the Harbin University of Technology, and the Beijing Steel Research Institute. China Nuclear Power Research Institute called the development of the reactor part and its subsequent approval a major breakthrough, one that could signal a revolution in manufacturing that could massively shorten the production cycle for nuclear reactor components.