What is the best way to handle 3D printing powder and how does powder quality affect the properties of a printed component?
To answer these questions, powder manufacturers and additive manufacturing service providers will want to know about Laborelec’s brand-new powder lab.
The lab offers a complete set of characterization techniques, as well as deposition and production testing using a flexible selective laser melting machine to provide data on the condition of a powder batch and its behaviour in the additive manufacturing (AM) process.
Powder characterisation testing,
conducted according to ASTM norms, results in a product factsheet with full information on:
- Overall powder quality
- Predicted final component quality
- Extended characterisation, including:
- dynamic powder behaviour
- powder storage
- shape factor
Powder is tested new, used or after poor storage conditions. Analysis results in Guidelines on the use of certain powder batches, covering factors such as:
- Storage conditions
- Health and safety