CCSEM for Powder Metal Characterization and Contamination Identification


Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is quickly becoming an industry standard for product manufacturing in a variety of applications, including medical devices, aviation and aeronautics parts, and transportation. The powder metals used in these products have introduced a wide range of questions for experts, who must determine whether the feedstock material is appropriate and sufficiently free of contamination for a specific end use.

Amber Dalley and Stephen Kennedy, Ph.D., of RJ Lee Group, along with a Ziegenfuss, published a white paper, “Controlled Scanning Electron Microscopy for Powder Metal Characterization and Contamination Identification,” that examines the utilization of a computer-controlled scanning electron microscope, or CCSEM for quality control of powder metals during the additive manufacturing process.

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