Titanium-alloy technology simplifies dental implants

engineering-christmas-tree.jpg The Christmas tree that adorns the SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering holiday card is more than a colorfully lit symbol of the season. It's a unique and festive embodiment of the capabilities of the School's cutting-edge laboratories.

Designed and built in the Lyle School's Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing, called RCAM, the tree features a 3-dimensional lattice structure, known for its strength and versatility in a variety of manufacturing applications. With an actual height and width of about 5 inches, the tree was "grown" in a vacuum chamber from thin layers of titanium-alloy powder and shaped by the controlled melting of an electron beam.