R&D Process

On-Going investment is increasing the capabilities of steel

NanoSteel has become the world leader in nano-structured steel by investing heavily in research and development that increases the capabilities of the most trusted and widely used material in the world.

NanoSteel was born out of six years of research conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls and funded by internal INL grants, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the United States Department of Defense. Upon its incorporation in 2002, NanoSteel was awarded an exclusive world-wide license to the technology and material discoveries developed from the INL research. NanoSteel has conducted on-going research and development at the company’s R&D laboratory in Idaho Falls to build upon that foundational technology. 

Today, R&D at NanoSteel focuses on two key product lines, automotive sheet steel and additive manufacturing powders.  The below graphic demonstrates the R&D development process for analyzing the characteristics of new alloys designed for sheet steel applications.