3D Printer Test Station

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-28733
Published April 01, 2018 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

NASA Langley Research Center has developed a test station capable of in-situ testing of material deposition and layer adhesion in an extrusion additive manufacturing process. The technology addresses the problem of monitoring part quality during the 3D printing process. It includes methods that can be readily integrated into an extrusion apparatus to provide in-situ feedback for closed-loop processing in that apparatus. The novelty is that testing happens in-situ as the component is being built. Testing during the building process allows users to adjust the print parameters to control the quality of the fabricated part.