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Quality inspection of complex 3D printing parts 

Initially solely useful for prototype and one-off manufacturing, 3D printing is now quickly evolving into a production technology. With its rapid rise, 3D printing (additive manufacturing) is expected to drastically alter every major business as well as the way future generations will live, work, and play. When compared to more traditional manufacturing processes, 3D printing (additive manufacturing) has the advantage of eliminating design constraints, enabling more flexibility for product development. However, 3D printing parts often contain internal cavities, and channels, or may have a high degree of roughness, thus checking their reliability is a must before market launch.
 
The aerospace, medical, and automotive industries are just a few that have seen significant manufacturing changes as a result of 3D printing technologies (often known as additive manufacturing). As 3D printing parts become more and more common and present in everyday objects, determining their quality is crucial. 
 

X-ray CT - see inside your 3D prints in a non-destructive way

 
The conventional approach to testing 3D printing parts is damaging and time-consuming as it requires cutting the part. With CT scanning, you can see inside your parts in a non-destructive way in one simple scan and inspect every detail about the internal and external structures, such as; defects, cracks, integrity issues, and assemblies... This way it guarantees product quality and saves costs by reducing errors before they even happen and most importantly before it reaches the final customer. 
 

Add full certainty about the reliability of 3D printed parts with X-ray CT

A recurring issue with 3D printed components is the lack of repeatability and reproducibility in the manufacturing process. Computed tomography contributes useful data to manufacturing process improvement. 

The use of computed tomography in the printing process is not limited to the manufactured product, it is also used at various scales: It is no longer a question of characterizing only the part but also the manufacturing process, taking into account the greatest number of AM parameters with the objective of determining the optimum parameters to produce the best quality parts: from the powder to the final part. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Follow the additive manufacturing process from raw material to the 3D printed products at different scales, from Nano-computed tomography to Micro.


Powder is the key element for most of the additively manufactured parts. Powders with homogeneous size and shape distribution will lead to homogeneous melting properties, thus best-quality parts. At this level, a high spatial resolution is required. Nano-computed tomography (or submicron tomography) provides a voxel resolution down to 0.3 microns on our devices and gives a way to take a close look at the AM powder and inspect in details several parameters (such as their sphericity, grain size distribution and the presence/absence of internal porosities).  

Additive Manufacturing process parameters are constantly changing as there are many variables in the printers. X-ray computed tomography helps to rapidly optimize the process characteristics and gives a way to rapidly go through the sample analysis. Hence, many design iterations can be done in a much shorter time frame.

RX Solutions CT systems are tomographic solutions that can be used for a variety of 3D applications ranging from research and material sciences to industrial applications in R&D and production.  Scalable CT hardware integrated with the full featured “X-Act” software, a proprietary offering, streamlines acquisition, reconstruction, and is enhanced by advanced corrective algorithms; X-Act software is also capable of automated workflow: scanning, reconstruction, and inspection.

Whatever your additive manufacturing application is, Computed Tomography and RX Solutions systems can play a role to help you.