Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing or A.M) is part of a wave of new technologies that promise to change the way manufacturing and industry make and use metals in the future. When combined with new advances in heat treating, HIP processing, and non-destructive evaluation, additive manufacturing promises to enable new advances in size, complexity, and value that were never possible before.
G2MT Labs is one of the leading independent labs for analysis, testing, and optimization of additive manufactured components and systems. We bring all the traditional metallurgical and mechanical testing tools to the table, along with years of experience working with producers, consumers, and fabricators to ensure top quality production. As with most metal fabrication, 3D printed parts are also subject to the effects of processing having a huge impact on their performance.
Stress plays an outsize role in many 3-D printed components, and requires proper processing to control and manage it. You can clearly see these effects when you cut a piece and it warps dramatically. With our destructive hole-drilling and non-destructive stress analysis processes, G2MT Labs can help you analyze and mitigate issues with stress in your parts. We back that up with metallurgical expertise to help make sure you end up with high-quality final products.
Additive manufactured parts vary widely in the properties depending on the process you select. For example, the EBAM component shown above is much closer to a weld, while PBF parts often come out with much finer microstructures. EBAM gives you great deposition rates, but very rough surfaces; in contrast, PBF is quite slow but with much finer deposition control. We can help you evaluate the properties and select a process that’s best for your needs.