Additive Manufacturing Testing

IMR Test Labs are experts in additive manufacturing powder and product testing and analysis

Additive Manufacturing (AM), more commonly known in today’s market as 3D printing, is changing the way products are designed, prototyped, and produced in many high tech fields such as Aerospace and Medical Device manufacturing.

The future of Additive Manufacturing is wide open, and the rising popularity of AM has increased the need for analytical testing on both the ingredients used and on the end products of AM. Many different types of raw materials are currently being used including metals, plastics, composites, ceramics, and polymers. IMR Test Labs offers numerous testing solutions to ensure the integrity of the raw materials and the finished products produced from them.  

For example, IMR provides comprehensive powder analysis to fully characterize the starting 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

METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS

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

MECHANICAL TESTING

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)

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

Alloy Chemistry/Verification
Ash Content
C, H, O, N, S
Chemical Resistance
Cleanliness Testing
Coating Weight
Contaminant/Corrodent Analysis
Density
DSC Analysis (Melting Point, Glass Transition, % Crystallinity, Degree of Cure, Purity)
Filler Content Analysis
FTIR Analysis
GC/MS Analysis
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
RoHS Testing
SEM/EDX
Sieve Analysis
Trace Element Analysis
Unknown Material ID
X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
XRF Chemistry