#MEASUREMENT

CT Scanning Reveals What Isn’t There in 3D Printed Parts

3D Engineering Solutions offers CT scanning as a powerful nondestructive testing (NDT) solution for inspection. For 3D printed parts, sometimes revealing the space inside can be just as valuable as mapping what was printed. 

Vericut Version 9.1 Includes Enhancements for Additive Manufacturing

The CNC machine simulation and optimization software from CGTech has improved upon features to further additive manufacturing.

Aerospace

A $1.5 Million Dive into the Melt Pool

A new, customized digital radiology vault and specialized additive manufacturing system at Auburn University aims to understand and control the complex heat and mass transport phenomena taking place during the laser sintering process.

Consumer Goods

Additive Manufacturing and Measurement Interconnect — Each Enables the Other to Advance

Measurement aids AM and AM aids measurement. Recently posted articles describe how sensing and measurement make AM more capable, while AM delivers devices that are smarter because of sensing.

Zeiss Comet Scanner Sensor Delivers Speedy 3D Data Capture

RAPID 2020: Zeiss’ Comet 3D scanner sensor offers a fast measuring speed to quickly identify any post-build process influences on the dimensional accuracy of a finished 3D-printed part.

Can 3D Printing Make a Better AM Build Plate? The Cool Parts Show S1E5

Ultrasonic metal additive manufacturing was used to create a build plate aimed at making powder bed fusion more effective. This episode of The Cool Parts Show looks at a part by AM, for AM.

Henkel Meets Safety Standards with Photoreactive 3D Printing Material

As the result of a partnership between Henkel and Origin, Henkel has developed an entirely new 3D printable photopolymer material with fire, smoke and toxicity resistance properties for use with Origin One printers.

Linde Works Towards Overcoming Atmospheric Impurities

Formnext 2019: ADDvance O2 precision from Linde is designed to overcome atmospheric impurities and give manufacturers optimal printing conditions.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Desktop SEM Improves Quality Control and Material Cleanliness

Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced the Thermo Scientific Phenom ParticleX, a desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM) solution.

Volume Graphics' Version 3.3 Enables High-Quality Volume Meshing

Volume Graphics’ version 3.3 of VGStudio Max, VGStudio, VGMetrology and VGinLine for industrial computed tomography (CT) is said to cover all requirements related to metrology, defect detection and assessment, material properties, and simulation.

Sintavia Acquires QC Laboratories

The acquisition is said to enhance Sintavia’s nondestructive testing (NDT) capabilities for commercial aerospace applications, particularly with respect to surface finish conformance testing.

Sigma Labs' Inspect 4.1 Enables 3D Structure Analysis

Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D Inpect 4.1 software features interlayer real-time results viewing, enabling correlation between in-process quality results and post-process CT results.

Design

Collaboration Develops Image-Based Workflow for 3D-Printed Part Validation

A team from Synopsys, North Star Imaging and ANSYS developed a process using 3D imaging, processing and CAE to examine the performance of as-manufactured components.

Zeiss Comet Scanner Depicts Process Influences on Finished AM Parts

Rapid 2019: Zeiss’ Comet 3D scanner sensor offers a fast measuring speed to quickly identify any post-build process influences on the dimensional accuracy of a finished 3D-printed part.

Aerospace

A Public-Private Partnership Aims to Save Additive from Itself

Overwhelming process variables for metal additive manufacturing processes are derailing AM’s adoption for critical parts in aerospace. Colorado’s ADAPT Center—and its growing cache of data—is seeking common ground.

Materials

Thermo Scientific Explorer 4 Characterizes Metal Powders

The Explorer 4 system uses scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to measure and characterize metal powders for 3D printing.

AM Conference: CT Scanning for 3D-Printed Part Inspection

Jesse Garant will address high-energy CT scanning for 3D-printed parts during the Additive Manufacturing Conference at IMTS 2018.

Production

How One Device Inspects Both Parts and Powder in Metal AM

A scanning electron microscope analyzes the shape and composition of grains of powder as well as inclusions and voids in the part’s surface.

Zeiss Computed Tomographs Offer Expanded Capability

Rapid 2018: The Metrotom 800 and Metrotom 1500 support the inspection of plastic and metal 3D-printed parts. 

ShapeGrabber Ai310 Automated 3D Scanner Speeds Inspections

Rapid 2018: The industrial scanner data can be compared to CAD models and used to generate visual reports.

Materials

WMT&R Offers Testing Services for AM Materials

Rapid 2018: Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research provides materials testing for powders, metals and as-built specimens. 

Yxlon Cheetah Evo Plus Enables Inspection of 3D-Printed Parts

Rapid 2018: The system supports both X-ray and CT inspection of additively manufactured parts. 

Faro's Design ScanArm Scans 600,000 Points Per Second

Rapid 2018: Faro’s Design ScanArm 2.0 includes features that increase efficiency and accuracy.

Materials

Video: 3 Roles for Computer Vision in Metal 3D Printing

Carnegie Mellon University professor Elizabeth Holm explains three ways computer vision can advance powder-bed metal 3D printing.

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