EOS270 Selective Laser Melting (SLM) 3D printer
EOS 270 Selective Laser Melting (SLM) system
Titanium, stainless steel and other materials
Powder bed/surface-melt system
Build Volume 250x250x215mm
2 to 20 mm3/s build rate – material dependant
Direct CAD model to part – No tooling needed
Process and materials – R&D focus – if you are simply looking for 3D printed parts, TiDA’s spin out company – RAM3D provide parts and prototype manufacturing services.
The sintering furnace was installed at TiDA in mid 2012. The working volume of the furnace is 1000 x 500 x 450mm (L x W x H).
Thermal treatments are critical steps in many powder metallurgy processes. Typical uses:
Sintering (heating metal or ceramic powders to form a solid body)
Titanium Nitriding (increasing surface hardnace through reacting titanium with nitrogen at high temperature)
Stress relieving – a critical step for titanium produced by SLM 3D printing, and many other materiaals.
The furnace is also used for heat treatment where controlled environments are required up to 1350Deg C, In Argon, Nitrogen or down to extreme vacuums as low as 0.001 Pa..
Mechanical Testing Equipment
Tensile/Compressive Tester – Instron 5985
This machine tests tensile, bend, and compression. It is a modern sytem with full computerised data aquisition and post processing, enabling testing to ASTM standards.
This machine has a certified testing range up to 250kN (25.5 tonne).
It’s one of the tallest tensile machines of this type in the country, Enabling us to test longer samples, up to 1m in length.
Fatigue Testing Machine
This rotating bend (Wohler) fatigue testing machine provides fatigue test results for small (80mm long x 4 to 6mm diameter) specimens.
The sample is tested in full reverse bend loading at 50 Hz. A typical 10 million cycle run-out fatigue test can be completed in 55 Hours. A full Stress/Life (Sn) curve can be be generated in less than a week.
We have experience in fatigue chatacteristics of additively manufactured and conventional metals.
ZEISS EVO MA25 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
This microscope features high resolution imaging and fine element analysis via EDS. It is a facility of great value in many scientific fields.
- Electron Scanning Microscopy (ESM)
- Largest specimen capability in NZ – upto 5kg, chamber diameter of 300mm, usefull height 210mm.
- Stage movement of 130x130x60mm (XYZ)
- 30kX+:1 practical magnification.
- Electron backscatter diffraction (EBDS – Nordlys) system for crystallographic analysis of specimens
- Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS – Oxford instruments) system for elemental analysis.