MAKE IT, THEN TEST IT
To complement our manufacturing technologies, we also have an in-house laboratory with a complete metallurgical set-up, metrology equipment (including laser scanning) and powder testing. This gives us the ability to rapidly assess quality at part level, as well as macro and micro scales. It gives us, and therefore our customers, confidence in our processes from incoming material right to the final product.
Our metallurgical equipment gives us the ability to mount and analyze metallurgical samples. We can analyze grain size, porosity, and phase states, as well as powder cross sections.
Our Metrology equipment is used to ensure conformity to geometric requirements.
Our powder testing equipment is used to verify the condition of powder, including flow rate, apparent density and angle of repose. Sieve analysis and tap density are coming soon.
1 3D LASER SCANNING
Laser scanning is quickly becoming the preferred method for constructing three-dimensional digital models for prototyping, quality control, documentation, and reverse engineering. This time-effective, non-contact technology is able to render every feature of an object into a 3D model that can then be inspected for design deficiencies or surface imperfections.
Using this technology, we help our clients reduce inspection costs, improve product quality, rapidly conduct first-article inspection, quickly troubleshoot fit problems, and provide documented proof that components meet specifications.
2 POWDER TESTING
Our powder testing equipment is used to conduct ASTM tests on powder, including flow rate, apparent density and angle of repose. We can determine material composition, conduct chemical analysis of trace and major elements for R&D and specification conformance, define powder characterization through density, flow rate, particle size and distribution, and shape.
3 SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY & EDS
Close Up Inspection.
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is used to evaluate materials and processes utilized in device production. With this technology, we are able to capture high-resolution images with excellent depth of field that allows for unrivalled observation of surface topography and features of interest. SEM provides information about texture and crystalline structure. This information can be used for material characterization, design validation, and failure analysis.
Our SEM is also capable of performing electron-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), which can be used to assess material characteristics of various types of materials, help identify possible reasons for failure of components, discern chemical composition, and contribute to the overall assessment of material chemistry.
4 PRECISION MEASUREMENT & CMM
A scanning coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is a piece of equipment that is used to determine the geometry of objects according to an automated path with high accuracy and rapid. It can detect very small differences between the end products and the design specifications. This technology can be used to analyze the in vivo wear of retrieved orthopaedic implants as well as assessing the quality of medical devices throughout the production process.
We perform all of our measurements on our Zeiss PRISMO Navigator 795, which is manufactured by Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, which runs CALYPSO software with specialized analysis modules. The PRISMO is recognized around the world for its high speed scanning, accuracy, and resistance to ambient conditions. We also utilize our in-house FaroArm Edge for portable CMM measurements.