Additive manufacturing alliance aims to advance testing methods

February 12, 2020 // By Rich Pell
Additive manufacturing alliance aims to advance test methods
Test systems and industrial position sensors supplier MTS Systems Corporation (Eden Prairie, MN) has announced that it is partnering with Auburn University (Auburn, AL) in a strategic alliance to identify the mechanical testing advancements necessary for further adoption of additive technology.

Auburn University is home to the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) public-private partnership. As part of the alliance agreement with the Auburn University, MTS will supply test equipment to Auburn's NCAME mechanical testing lab and share expertise to advance mechanical testing methods for additively manufactured materials and components.

The complexity of additive manufacturing processes can yield varying mechanical properties depending on the component size, geometry, orientation and the build strategy. To understand how the manufacturing process impacts the material properties, and ensure consistent in-field performance, say the organizations, it is important to conduct mechanical testing to the appropriate standards.

"MTS has a long history of innovation in additive manufacturing, beginning in the 1990's with development of the first flight-qualified aerospace hardware made with additive manufacturing technology, to today's use in MTS prototypes and finished products," says Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS President and CEO. "MTS' applications expertise combined with deep knowledge of testing practices in the automotive, aerospace, and biomedical industries, brings a unique perspective and set of qualifications to advance additive manufacturing test methods and systems."

Nima Shamsaei, NCAME Director, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University adds, "If we better understand and improve the mechanical performance of additive products, we can overcome a major barrier against the widespread adoption of this increasingly essential technology. In terms of durability and reliability, we have to ask if we trust these products enough to use them in load-bearing, safety-critical applications. That has been the focus of our research at Auburn."

NCAME currently consists of 40-plus members from industry (aerospace, biomedical, defense, nuclear, and automotive sectors), government, academia, and non-profit organizations/societies). NCAME is a founding partner of the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) global standards organization - a collaborative partnership among ASTM and representatives from government, academia, and industry that conducts strategic R&D to advance standards across all aspects of additive manufacturing to accelerate the development and

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