Technology seminar on the quality control of 3D printed parts


Around 50 participants took part in a technology seminar on quality control of additive-manufactured (3D printed) parts, which was organised by Yxlon and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik (IWS) in Dresden, Germany, on 15 and 16 May 2019. The seminar was fully booked. During the 14 presentations, involving hosts and top-class speakers from the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as from various scientific institutes, processes, materials and applications of additive manufacturing (AM) were discussed, focusing on the quality assurance aspect of 3D printed parts. Among the speakers were those from reputable companies such as Siemens, Volkswagen, Trumpf and BAM. Particular attention was paid to the talk by Dr Thomas Bielefeld (Premium Aerotec) on the difficulties in the process qualification of printed metal parts for aviation.

During the visit to the Additive Manufacturing Center Dresden (AMCD), the two Yxlon X-ray and CT systems MU2000 and FF35 CT were demonstrated and typical AM defects were shown in the 3D printed parts. At the end of the seminar, four participants took the opportunity to inspect the parts they had brought with them to Dresden.

The participants praised the good mixture of theory and practice, as well as the opportunity to exchange experiences in a pleasant atmosphere. The positive feedback has provided an incentive for Yxlon and Fraunhofer IWS to invite interested parties to the technology seminar in Dresden next year.