9/1/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Stratonics Partners with ORNL to Advance Meltpool Monitoring

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A collaboration will integrate sensors with direct metal laser sintering to further develop monitoring and support component certification.


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Thermal sensing and control systems supplier Stratonics has announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to further the development of its ThermaVis Sensor System. The system, which delivers real-time temperature images and measurements using meltpool and global heat flow sensors, will be integrated into a direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process at the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, Tennessee.

This integration will help to correlate actual meltpool characteristics to simulation model data, critical to improving and perfecting the DMLS process, Stratonics says. The goal of the partnership to further the development of the detection of flaws and process parameter optimization, supporting component certification.

“We are excited to partner with Stratonics to advance additive technologies. Successful measurements could provide a way to rapidly develop ideal processing parameters for new alloy powders and improve the DMLS process,” said Ryan Dehoff, group leader, deposition science and technology at ORNL.

“Working closely with leading research organizations provides a platform to understand the technical challenges and industry needs. Access to ORNL’s state-of-the-art facilities, experience, and expertise accelerates Stratonics ability to advance and further validate our systems,” commented Dr. James Craig, president of Stratonics.