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Short Certificate Course

Fundamentals of NDE Methods for AM, in partnership with America Makes

October 30, 2022

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa Orlando, FL United States

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.

Course level: Beginner
Cost: Complimentary


Note: This short certificate course will take place on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 prior to ICAM 2022 and is only available to ICAM 2022 attendees. 


Learning Outcomes

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


  • Instructor

    Ben Dutton

    Dr. 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.
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  • Instructor

    Wilson Vesga

    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.

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AM CoE by the Numbers

With decades of experience in additive manufacturing, our team of experts is integral to our work. With team members located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, the AM CoE is able to provide agile support for global initiatives.


combined in-kind, government agency, and ASTM investment
projects initiated that will address AM standardization gaps

How can I participate?

  • Support through Research and Development

    Through the AM CoE, research priorities are identified by the top minds in the field and are matched from the start to the standards that need to be generated to ensure the resulting AM technology’s success.

  • Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization

    Consortia for Materials Data & Standardization (CMDS) enables companies of all sizes from across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem to collaborate on standardizing the best practices for materials data generation.

  • Explore On-Demand Webinars

    The webinar series provides guidance sessions on multiple and diverse topics in AM Design, Fabrication, Post-processing, Mechanical testing, Non-destructive evaluation, Applications, and Qualification and Certification.

  • Education & Workforce Development

    Comprehensive program that educates and trains the additive manufacturing workforce at all levels, while continually incorporating new advances to respond to industry needs and leverage standardization, certification, and AM CoE partner expertise.