NDE for AM

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NDE for AM

Our optics group is currently working on a number of ways to perform non-destructive evaluation on additive manufactured parts. This is an important field of research as 3D printed parts becomes much faster and cheaper, as well as more practically viable as the primary manufacturing method. However, currently the main draw back with 3D printing is reliability - on the outside things could look as they should, but on the inside, there may be pores, cracks or design flaws that may have been missed in initial surface testing. This is especially critical for performance parts (aerospace, medical, automotive, construction, etc).

SRAS on SLM parts

The motivation for this projects is to incorporate the existing laser ultrasonic technology we have in to measuring parts as they print. SRAS_for_materials_characterisation