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Report of Stakeholder Consultation on Measurement Needs for Additive Manufacturing

Fry, A T (2021) Report of Stakeholder Consultation on Measurement Needs for Additive Manufacturing. NPL Report. MAT 101

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Additive manufacturing is a rapidly expanding and developing area. As such it is important to focus the activity of a National Laboratory to where it would be of most benefit. NPL held an industrial consultation workshop to ascertain where it should focus its activity in future National Measurement System activity and Collaborative Research and Development. The consultation delivered several key messages:

NPL should provide support that aligns with our internal strategy to provide measurement capabilities and standards for materials assurance. There are general issues with both the assurance of materials data with regards to the performance of the AM material and in the availability and confidence in standards and regulations, particularly in safety critical applications.
Post build measurements and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) were highlighted as being areas with the greatest measurement challenges and so NPL should be focussing their efforts on these. There were three main areas that were prioritised: material property measurement (particularly dynamic measurements), dimensional and surface measurements, and novel NDE methods for part validation.
NPL should provide the greatest level of support to higher TRL techniques, with powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition of metallic materials rating highest. Although it was made clear that standards were needed across all material classes.

Item Type: Report/Guide (NPL Report)
NPL Report No.: MAT 101
Keywords: Additive Manufacturing, measurement needs, industry consultation
Subjects: Advanced Materials > Metals and Alloys
Divisions: Engineering
Identification number/DOI: 10.47120/npl.MAT101
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 14:14
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/9411

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