Design, Developments, and Results from the NIST Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed (AMMT)
Brandon M. Lane, Sergey Mekhontsev, Steven E. Grantham, Mihaela Vlasea, Justin G. Whiting, Ho Yeung, Jason C. Fox, Clarence J. Zarobila, Jorge E. Neira, Michael L. McGlauflin, Leonard M. Hanssen, Shawn P. Moylan, M A. Donmez, Joseph P. Rice
NIST is developing a facility titled the Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed that will enable advanced research into monitoring, controls, process development, and temperature measurement for laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing and similar processes. This system provides open control architecture as well as a plethora of sensor systems and calibration sources which are primarily radiance-based and aligned co-axially with the laser beam and focused on the laser interaction zone. This paper briefly reviews the system requirements, and details the current progress of the facility design and construction. Mechanical, optical, and control systems designs are detailed with select highlights that may be relevant to additive manufacturing researchers and system developers. Recent experiment results from the prototype laser control and in-situ monitoring system are also highlighted.
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