This system has been custom configured by RJ Lee Group and includes IntelliSEM software for fully automated characterization of additive manufacturing powder feedstock.
The system is capable of automatically and rapidly assessing the particle size distribution, shape factors, composition variation, shape distribution vs size and contaminant identification of AM (or other) powders. It features an XMU (extra-large chamber), field-emission source, variable pressure SEM with secondary and backscattered electron detectors, LVSTD secondary detector for low-vacuum operation, active vibration isolation system and a BRUKER Quantax Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) system incorporating a 60 mm2 Silicon Drift Detector (SDD).
CIMP-3D utilizes the vast resources of both the Applied Research Laboratory and the Pennsylvania State University. This includes various capabilities for post processing, as well as material characterization and encompasses competencies within the Penn State Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Penn State Materials Science and Engineering (MATSE) department, the Penn State Center for Innovative Sintered Products (CISP), and the Penn State Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI). These are fully-staffed laboratories, where researchers are able to use state-of-the-art instruments for materials characterization on a fee-for-use basis. The extensive processing and characterization capabilities present at Penn State includes: