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Infrared Thermography for Laser-Based Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Processes



Shawn P. Moylan, Eric P. Whitenton, Brandon M. Lane, John A. Slotwinski


Additive manufacturing (AM) has the potential to revolutionize discrete part manufacturing, but improvements in processing of metallic materials are necessary before AM will see widespread adoption. A better understanding of AM processes, resulting from physics-based modeling as well as direct process metrology, will form the basis for these improvements. Infrared (IR) thermography of AM processes can provide direct process metrology as well as data necessary for the verification of physics-based models. We review selected works examining how IR thermography was implemented and used in various powder-bed AM process. This previous work, as well as significant experience at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in temperature measurement and IR thermography for machining processes, shapes our own research into AM process metrology with IR thermography. We discuss our experimental design as well as plans for future IR measurements of a laser-based powder bed fusion AM process.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
Conference Dates
July 22-26, 2013
Conference Location
Baltimore, MD
Conference Title
The 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation


Additive Manufacturing, Powder Bed Fusion, Infrared Thermography, Thermal Imaging, Hyperspectral Camera
Created July 26, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017