Rapid Quality Inspection Specimen (Auburn Univ.)

Assessment of Material Quality and Build Health through a Rapid Quality Inspection Specimen (RQIS)

Partner Lead

Auburn Univ.

Challenge

Undesired variations within the LB-PBF can adversely affect the final part quality. Detecting such variations is challenging, costly and time consuming. Hence, implementation of a rapid, efficient and effective procedure to detect potential issues after fabrication is needed.

Impact (Standardization Gaps)

  • Gap PC3: Machine Health Monitoring. (Low Priority)

  • Gap M6: Tracking Maintenance. (Medium Priority)

  • Gap D17: Contents of a TDP. (High Priority)

  • Gap D26: Design for Measurement of AM Features (Medium Priority)

  • Gap PC2: Machine Calibration and Preventative Maintenance. (High Priority)

  • Gap PC4: Machine Qualification. (Medium Priority)

  • Gap FMP1: Material Properties. (High Priority [Metals])

Solution

The rapid quality inspection specimen (RQIS) will contain several features designed to identify and quantify any deviations build/material quality through a series of tests that can be performed within a few hours after the build is removed from the machine. These include: dimensional accuracy, geometry compliance, surface roughness at various surfaces, and mechanical properties that can be rapidly evaluated such as torque and angle of twist.

Deliverables

  1. Deliverables: (1) Part design, (2) Location dependency analysis,(3) Sensitivity to defects analysis, (4) Fully detailed and implemented procedure

  2. Standards and Work Items to be led: WK-1: Rapid quality inspection procedure for LB-PBF

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