Computed Tomography (CT) is being successfully applied to many facets of Additive Manufacturing (AM) ranging from assisting in the product design through CT scans for FEA to final product evaluation for internal integrity and metrology. Extensive studies have been performed using CT to help detect, classify and better understand the types of discontinuities found within various AM processes. CT has also been used to help evaluate the effectiveness of Hot Isostatic Pressure (HIP) processing of AM products. Metrology data of many plastic and metal AM products can be acquired using a single CT scan that can also provide product internal integrity data. CT is rapidly becoming the “Go To” technology for evaluating many aspects of AM Products and Processes. This presentation will include examples of CT being applied in the above applications as well as some of the future CT development work being performed on both metal and polymer AM products.
- Identify where CT can be used in AM process and Product evaluation
- Identify the limitations of CT imaging for AM products.
- Identify benefits of CT over other Technologies for evaluation of AM products and where CT compliments other technologies.