Additive Manufacturing Materials Testing
Additive manufacturing (3D Printing) has come to the global stage as a solution to reduce cost and increase access to tools, fixtures, simple parts, and even complex assemblies. Currently acknowledged as a rapid prototype and test solution, the next step for additive manufacturing is to produce final products ready for use using the same technology. Challenges to the industry include the properties of the printing powders themselves, how particle size and shape can alter processing characteristics, understanding the different finishing processes, and the multi-directional thermodynamic and thermophysical properties caused by this unique form of manufacturing.
PMIC has tested 3D printed materials for thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, electrical resistivity, specific heat, thermal diffusivity, and density. These studies are also applied to the powders and binders used during the printing process. Materials that PMIC has tested for this industry include but are not limited to:
- Titanium, steel, aluminum, and other alloy powders
- Silver, gold, brass, bronze, copper, and other precious alloy powders
- Cobalt-chromium and nickel-based superalloy powders
- Carbon graphite powders
- Carbon fiber filaments
- Adhesives for fusing layers
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and other thermoplastics
PMIC is looking for opportunities to design and improve the measurement techniques required to study the altered thermophysical properties of 3D printing materials. To request a quote or to discuss your testing needs in more detail, please contact us via one of the following methods: go to our inquiry form at https://pmiclab.com/inquire/, call +1 (541) 753-0607, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.