Additive Manufacturing and Powder Injection Molding offer great potential. However, it is not only necessary to monitor the actual production process but also outlying steps. The Verder Scientific Division offers several solutions to this.
The great potential of additive manufacturing consists in the ability to produce functional components directly from CAD data without any tools, which accelerates prototype management. While the complexity of the parts is virtually unlimited, additive manufacturing is not suitable for series production. Microtrac MRB’s Camsizer X2 uses Dynamic Image Analysis for quick and accurate particle analysis of metal powders. With a focus on particle quality, this helps to ensure the powder consists of spherical particles with identical size. The energy required to melt metal powder also depends on the chemistry and purity of the powder, which can be assessed with Eltras’s Elementrac ONH-p 2 analyzer. A high energy input can result in residual stress in the manufactured part. To relieve these stresses, heat treatment with precise temperature control is carried out. With the GPCMA Modified Atmosphere Chamber Furnace and the HTK Vacuum Furnace Carbolite Gero offers perfectly suited solutions for this application. Additionally, QATM offers the Qness 60 M EVO series of hardness testers, which provide a reliable detection of defects.
Source: Verder Scientific