Microfocus X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT) Analysis Of Laser Sintered Parts

Anton du Plessis

Abstract


Microfocus X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning is a three-dimensional (3D) non-destructive technique that is useful in many research and technology fields. Similar to two-dimensional (2D) X-ray inspections, this 3D technology allows the investigation of almost any material down to 1 micron spatial resolution and higher. In this paper we present a characterisation and demonstration of the use of CT to analyse the 3D volume of laser sintered parts including analyses of porosity, dimensional measurement of cracks and other features, and a demonstration of quality testing methods which can be used to quickly identify problems in production.


Keywords


computed tomography, x-ray, industrial CT, nondestructive testing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/25-1-663

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