Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are revolutionizing the world of materials science. In additive manufacturing (sometimes alternatively referred simply as 3D printing), 3D objects are constructed layer by layer with specialized equipment, thus minimizing material waste and finish machining. A wide variety of metals, plastics and composites can be used in the process. AM techniques can produce complex, high-value metal parts such as those found in aerospace components. The production of AM parts with consistent and repeatable properties requires input materials (metal powders) with known and repeatable characteristics.
Improving product quality starts with raw materials optimized for specific processes. Powders must be formulated to provide the best results for manufacturers and testing for composition, porosity and particles distribution is part of the process.
ISO/ASTM52900-15 defines seven categories of AM processes: binder jetting, directed energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination and vat photo-polymerization. Additive manufacturing as a technology and production method is fast changing and requires manufacturing firms to be flexible to remain competitive.
We have been developing software for 3D visualization and material analysis for almost 15 years. The analytical tools we have developed over the years can now be used in powder and additives testing to identify specific areas of product improvement. Our experts are uniquely qualified to test materials created using additive manufacturing processes. We have been working with partners and world experts at the CNRC for instance developing analytical tools to improve quality in powder. We have been working closely with leaders in additive manufacturing to learn more about the characteristics of these materials and advance the additive manufacturing processes.
We are involved with experts in organizations such as ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Testing Technologies. We also work with experts in academia providing leading-edge advice in powder testing so that our clients have access to the latest analytical techniques in additive manufacturing testing.
We offer powder scanning services using a variety highly-sophisticated equipment to achieve optimal test results. We work with you to deliver results dependent upon your specific requirements.
We use 3D X-ray imaging to provide full volumetric data and analysis. You can visualize the structure of different materials and void phases to extract meaningful quantitative descriptions relating to size and spatial distribution. We can provide information on Size Distribution, Morphology and Density. Our Complete Scanning Schedule Plan Analysis can provide insights to determine the variability of powders from nominally identical batches for instance and provide better quality control.
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