The integration of 3D scanning and additive manufacturing has opened new possibilities in metrology. Analyzing the technical intricacies of 3D laser scanning hardware and software reveals their pivotal role in shaping engineering's future.
3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), revolutionizes part production by building them layer by layer from base materials, unlike traditional subtractive methods. In this article, we'll delve into the complexities of additive manufacturing inspection, highlighting the unique nuances of AM-produced parts.
Accelerated weathering instruments are designed to reproduce the stress and damages caused by sunlight, heat, and water (rain/dew). Typically, testing can reproduce within weeks the damage that occurs over months or years.
The automation of materials testing has been an evolutionary process. The task of automatically feeding standard specimens into universal testing machines has been in place for decades—at least as far back as the 1980s.
The right hardness test method depends on the material being tested and the specific requirements of the application. Understanding the differences among the available options helps determine which method will give you the best results.
A key distinction between Rockwell testers and the Brinell, Vickers and Knoop testers is that the latter three use optical technology, while Rockwell does not—which generally makes it less costly, makes testing quick and easy, and the surface finish of the specimen is not critical.
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