About the Course
Inspection of additively manufactured components is crucial to confirming integrity and quality of parts before entering into service. This short course, in partnership with America Makes, outlines the current methods available for non-destructive evaluation, covering from powder to part. The current Standards landscape for NDE will be covered, as well as using the specially designed America Makes Educational Specimen to provide a practical example of the methods discussed.
After completion of the course, the attendees will achieve the following:
- What Inspection methods can be applied to additive manufacturing?
- Hands-on experience of additive manufacturing inspection methods to identify typical artifacts or flaws from the process
- Overview of the Standards Landscape for NDE, and what is being done to close the gaps
Who Should Attend
AM part inspectors, quality managers, and others interested in non-destructive testing of metal AM parts
Ben DuttonDr. Ben Dutton is a Technical Specialist at the MTC in the Metrology & NDT group with 17 years’ experience in NDT. He possesses a valuable combination of academic and industrial experience with proven expertise in integrating design and manufacturing functions. As a Technical Specialist at the MTC, he leads the ‘In-process monitoring/inspection strategy,’ which includes leading projects where in-situ inspections are required for PBF, DED, and laser welding. He is also very active in post build NDT inspection projects mainly for AM and leads the ‘Inspection for AM’ strategy at the MTC. He leads two international standards (ISO/ASTM) joint groups on NDT for AM. He has been involved in multiple projects in the following sectors: Aerospace, Space, Automotive, Transportation (Rail) and Medical. Project portfolio includes single client, MTC CRP (Core Research Program), UK government supported such as Innovate UK, and European such as H2020. He leads the ASTM AM Center of Excellence team at the MTC.
Wilson Vesga is a metallurgical and materials/structural integrity researcher at MTC – Manufacturing Technology Centre. He holds a BEng and MEng in metallurgy and materials from Colombia (UIS) and obtained a PhD in Structural Integrity followed by a postdoc position at Cranfield University (UK). He has 15 years’ of extensive and proved experience managing complex research and development projects in R&D, academia, and field engineering services applying NDT, materials/mechanical technologies, and structural integrity. At the MTC, he is actively involved in R&D projects to assess quality and integrity parts, both post build and in-process, for PBF, DED, laser welding and surface modification via laser process through NDT technologies. He is pursuing the development of automated NDT inspection systems for application in production lines and carrying out studies on POD metrics to assess the reliability of NDT methods. He is very active in standardisation through the ASTM AM centre of excellence at the MTC. Currently, he leads two projects at the MTC to assess the structural integrity of AM parts exposed to hydrogen environments and the challenges associated with hydrogen for NDT.