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Gammadata Instrument offers equipment, services and expertise in atomic and nuclear physics, laser and optical measurement technology, high-end microscopy systems, elemental analysis and material characterization, in addition to instruments and equipment for educational classrooms to help teach the future generation about science.


Additive manufacturing is a relatively new manufacturing approach that has attracted the attention of many people and industries around the world due to its unlimited and promising potential. As with every emerging technology, quality control of the entire process is an important task. Material characterization (e.g. particles) and quality control of the finished product — and everything in between —are all essential -to ensure the quality of the manufacturing process. At Gammadata we have a suite of tools available for QC and R&D environments. 2 instruments of prime use are the Retsch Technology Camsizer particle imaging systems and the Thermo Scientific Phenom desktop SEM systems. Gammadata have both of these instruments available to our clients in our demo lab in Uppsala.


Camsizer particle imaging

For larger particle sizes and for greater sampling volumes, where materials QA/QC information is routinely required, often simple sieving is insufficent and partile morphological information is required. Dynamic Image Analysis with the CAMSIZER X2 provides all relevant data on particle size and shape. Compared to laser diffraction or optical microscopy, the measurement data is based on a large number of analyzed particles and is therefore statistically more relevant and offers better reproducibility. One measurement only takes 1 to 3 minutes which allows for a high sample throughput and continuous quality control.



Phenom desktop SEM for detecting surface defects

SEM is currently used by AM operators as a characterization technique for finished products. Thanks to the high spatial resolution that a SEM offers, the surface quality of the components that are produced using AM processes can be carefully inspected. The use of SEM can assist in revealing possible (micro)structural surface defects which can compromise the mechanical properties and durability of the finished products.  However, SEM does not just assist in the inspection of the finished product; it can also be beneficial in the characterization of the raw material that is used in AM processes. Phenom systems can even be custom automated to suit and speed up your processes.

See how to get fast results in additive manufacturing with Phenom XL

Additive Industries has won numerous technology innovation awards with their industrial solutions for metal additive manufacturing applications from aerospace and automotive, to medical technology and high-tech equipment. Sandra Poelsma, Process Engineer at Additive Industries, explains how the company uses the Phenom XL desktop SEM to quantify the morphology, chemical composition and particle size distribution of metal powders.

Phenom-World is the leading global supplier of desktop scanning electron microscopes and imaging solutions for submicron scale applications. Phenom SEM-based systems are used in a broad range of markets and applications. Phenom produce the most advanced desktop SEMs available on the market with a complete family of products,from the entry level Pure model through to the class leading ProX, XL and now worlds beating desktop FEG-SEM the Pharos.

 


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