Our researchers in Materials Processing Development are focussed on topics that are fundamental to ‘right first time’ manufacturing, which is critical to reducing production costs, increasing reliability and improving performance.
Using a number of demonstrator 3D printers, we are deploying and validating new in-situ process monitoring techniques, which when combined with final part inspection/characterisation data, will result in a greater understanding of the multiple process parameters that must be controlled in order to produce the perfect end product.
Projects underway under this theme include:
- Developing an ‘open’ SLM system as a demonstrator
- Characterisation of 3D printing feedstock (including metal powders) to determine the influence of feedstock variation on printed part performance.
- The development of novel in-situ metrology techniques including in-situ electron microscopy, radio frequency emission spectroscopy and spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy.
Researchers in this area are based across University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology.
The data gathered and results produced by this group feeds directly into the Materials Processing Modeling area.