Additive manufacturing (AM) processes are capable of producing highly complex and customized parts, without the need for dedicated tooling, and can produce parts directly from the part design information. These types of processes are poised to revolutionize the manufacturing industry, yet there are several challenges that are currently preventing more widespread adoption of AM technologies. Traditional Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) methods could be utilized in both in-process and post-process applications, although currently there are very few examples of in-situ sensors for monitoring AM processes. This paper gives an overview of AM technology, and discusses the potential benefits and challenges of using NDE in AM applications.
Proceedings Title: 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Non-Destructive Evaluation
Conference Dates: July 22-26, 2013
Conference Location: Baltimore, MD
Pub Type: Conferences
Additive manufacturing, non-destructive evaluation