Additive Manufacturing & metal powder Testing

additive-powder-bedDue to the exponential growth of additive manufacturing over the last several years, IMR Test Labs has invested in additional equipment, technology and experienced technicians to meet our customer’s needs. 

We've expanded our capabilities in powdered metal characterization and laser-sintered metal testing & analysis to help manufacturers quickly and accurately make important evaluations during their product's design, development and production phases.

For example, IMR provides comprehensive powder analysis to fully characterize the raw material powder via test methods such as chemical analysis (ICP-AES, ICP-MS), percent crystallinity testing, particle size testing (Microtrac) and morphology analysis (XRD, SEM and optical). Additionally, we offer density testing to determine how compact the sample has become after bonding, and
compression testing to determine how much force a sample can
handle. A full list of analytical services offered by IMR for Additive
Manufacturing is listed below.

Quality is a priority at IMR Test Labs and IMR has a strict control system in place to ensure testing is completed with the utmost integrity. IMR is a Nadcap and A2LA (ISO 17025) approved laboratory and holds accreditations from GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, and many more. For a full list of all of IMR’s accreditations, please click here.


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Analytical Services for Additive Manufacturing Testing


Alpha Case
Aggressive Machining Evaluations
Braze Analysis
Case Depth
Certified Weld Inspections
Coatings Analysis
Failure Analysis
Fractography/Fracture Mechanics
Grain Size
Image Analysis
Inclusion Rating
Intergranular Attack
Intergranular Oxidation
Microhardness (Knoop, Vickers, MacroVickers)
Orientation in Microstructure
Particle Analysis (Distribution, ID, Size)
Phase Volume Determination
Quantitative Image Analysis
Root Cause Evaluation
SEM Analysis
Welder Qualification


Bend Testing (3 Point, 4 Point)
Bond Strength Testing
Charpy Impact Testing (-320°F to 450°F)
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion by TMA
Composite Testing (FRC, CMC)
Creep & Stress Rupture
Fatigue Testing (Axial, Low Cycle, High Cycle, Rotating Beam, Coating Shear)
Flexural Properties (Modulus, Strength, Stress-Strain Response)
Fracture Mechanics
Hardness (Rockwell, Brinell)
Heat Aging
Indentation Toughness
Impact Testing (Charpy, IZOD)
Lap Shear Testing
Open Hole Tension/Compression
Shear Properties
Slow Strain Rate
Taber Abrasion/Wear Resistance
Tensile Testing - Metals (to 2000°F)
Torsional/Axial Fatigue (200 lb)


Alloy Chemistry/Verification
Ash Content
C, H, O, N, S
Chemical Resistance
Cleanliness Testing
Coating Weight
Contaminant/Corrodent Analysis
DSC Analysis (Melting Point, Glass Transition, % Crystallinity, Degree of Cure, Purity)
Filler Content Analysis
FTIR Analysis
Hall Flow / Hall Density
Halogen Analysis (IC)
Heavy Metal Impurities
Hexavalent Chromium
ICP-AES Analysis
ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis
Ion Chromatography (IC)
Material Certification
Mercury Analysis
Metallic Material Verification/ID
OES Analysis
Particle Size Analysis
Percent Crystallinity
Phase Identification
Positive Material ID (On-site PMI available)
Powder Diffraction
Precious Metal Assay
Sieve Analysis
Tap Density
Trace Element Analysis
Unknown Material ID
X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
XRF Chemistry