Additive Manufacturing Materials Testing

Explosive expansion in additive manufacturing makes powdered metal characterization and product testing more important than ever.

While the rapid growth of additive manufacturing (AM) technology has helped engineers in many industries create innovative new component designs, the unusual nature of the necessary raw materials and the resulting printed structures has created significant materials testing challenges. 

The increasing development of new alloys that improve the performance and strength of sintered structures, as well as minimizing the need for post print processing, create interesting challenges in analytical chemistry.

The lack of known properties for the many new alloys and materials results in the need for determining a wide range of fundamental properties, such as true microstructure, density, strength, fracture toughness and more.

In addition, the rapid growth of AM implementation at start-ups and existing companies has resulted in not only materials testing challenges but significant issues with capacities and skilled engineers in the laboratory industry.

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