Focus on non-destructive testing of AM

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is researching using new non-destructive testing (NDT) technology to detect flaws in metal 3D printed parts.

The technology, called RD1-TT, was developed by Theta Technologies, based in Exeter, UK.

The AMRC will reportedly use it to test a range of components made by BAE Systems, focusing on measurement system analysis and applicability of the technique on parts with different materials and geometries.

"As we evolve our manufacturing processes we recognise new opportunities and advances in inspection capability,” said Kevin Pickup, lead technologist at BAE Systems. “New and novel methods of verifying [that] the product has been made correctly, right the first time and aiming for no fault forward are something we are always looking to explore and exploit.”