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Advanced Manufacturing Applications

Advanced manufacturing is a broad term referring to manufacturing processes which use cutting edge technology, new techniques or requires a high degree of skill. The definition is dependent on the industry, as advanced manufacturing methods in the automotive industry may be considered routine for aerospace applications and vice versa. In all cases, the drive for advanced manufacturing is to add value to the process. The value can arise from; improvements to an existing process, meeting new technical challenges or an idea leading to a new process.

To achieve added value, you must understand the process and how it differentiates the product/material. This is often a microstructure or composition change resulting in increased lifetime, improvement component performance or a cost reduction. Discover how Oxford Instruments can help you understand your process to help you deliver a reliable and consistent product.

Areas commonly considered as advanced manufacturing include:


Morphology Characterisation and Contamination Detection in Additive Manufacturing Powders with AZtecAM

This application note considers the use of AZtecAM, an automated system developed specifically for the rapid analysis and classification of AM powders, using an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) system in the scanning electron microscope (SEM).  for the routine characterisation of gas atomised high-purity copper powders. It demonstrates how particles across the population can be assessed and how contamination can be easily detected and classified.

Microstructure characterisation in metal powders by EBSD

We demonstrate how gas atomised copper powders can be effectively characterised using EBSD data collected with the latest high-speed Symmetry EBSD detector.

The Complete Characterisation of Additive Manufacturing Powders with AZtecAM

Investigate the streamlined process through the dedicated AZtecAM software recipe, for complete characterisation of all aspects of metal powders used in additive manufacturing. Ensure the characterisation, particle morphology and individual particle characterisation.


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