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We provide testing services to certify product and materials compliance, support quality control, and ensure the health and safety of workers and their environment. We provide assistance for clients who are not sure what tests they need. Our accredited materials characterization laboratory is the foundation of all the services of RJ Lee Group provides, including standardized testing for compliance, industrial hygiene and environmental analyses, quality control, and materials research and development.

We provide credentialed expertise supported built by robust scientific data. We provide significant support to industrial clients for product development, industrial hygiene and overall production support.

RJ Lee Group maintains a visible and respected reputation within the legal community, having offered scientific support in civil litigation matters for nearly 30 years. 

  • Product Liability 
  • Toxic Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Fugitive Emission
  • Personal Injury
  • Patent Infringement
  • Contract Disputes
  • Insurance Subrogation

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From our core business of providing scientific solutions to our clients, we have developed innovative products. Some are produced internally, and some have arisen from partnerships with other research organizations. 

For example, we build lab software solutions to help manage and streamline your labs data, and environmental testing products for a variety of applications. 

  • IntelliSEM is a powerful automated particle analysis system.
  • ParticleID is  a customizable cloud hosted web application used to identify foreign particulate matter and  assist with root cause investigations. 

Other products we create count particles and help keep the air and environment safe.

RJ Lee Group is a materials analysis laboratory and consulting company which serves many different industries. We offer scientific solutions such as industrial forensics services, laboratory and testing services, litigation support, and laboratory software to many industries:

Top 3 Reasons to Watch Additive Manufacturing

RJ Lee Group News

July 25, 2013

If additive manufacturing (AM) has not made its way onto your “topics to watch” list, it soon should.

amUnlike traditional subtractive forms of manufacturing (e.g., casting, machining) that have gone through decades of regulatory fine-tuning, additive manufacturing is still in its infancy when it comes to standard development and regulatory requirements. AM describes various production technologies, such as 3D printing, that are transforming the way objects are made. These technologies use digital files to print components and products layer-by-layer. What began as a tool to make prototypes is now being applied across industries from medical devices to aerospace components. AM is expected to increase in popularity because it allows users to create complex 3D objects that cannot be achieved with conventional manufacturing. Moreover, some manufacturers might eventually need to turn to AM technologies in order to stay competitive. This proliferation of a new technology used by everyone from hobbyists to fortune 500 companies will only heighten the demand for practical standards and requirements.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Committee F42 is leading the way in standard development, but the amount of materials characterization and lifecycle testing required makes progress slow moving. In the meantime, the legal industry should prepare for an increase in AM-related cases that are likely to arise in the following areas:

  1. Product Liability – Because AM product designs rely on digital files that are easy to share or modify, issues with counterfeiting, supply chain responsibility, and quality control must all be taken into consideration.
  2. Toxic Tort – Powdered materials used for AM could pose potential safety hazards to untrained workers or hobbyists. Companies and individuals should be aware of breathing, ingesting, or explosion hazards associated with powdered materials and follow all appropriate safety measures.
  3. Patent Infringement, Copyrights, and other Intellectual Property (IP) issues – The lines of ownership can be unclear when multiple people modify original work or adopt someone else’s design and use it for personal profit. Because AM has a different set of supply chain characteristics, IP issues are blurred for now and may require a new set of rules specifically for the additive manufacturing industry.

This list represents just a few of the legal challenges surrounding AM. Stay tuned for updates and expert analyses on each of these issues and more.

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