ZEISS Additive Manufacturing Powder Analyzer

From the Solutions Lab for Metals Part Production

The quality of parts created using additive manufacturing is dependent on the quality of the input materials. For metal part production, the primary input material are metal powders that may suffer from numerous forms of defects or inconsistencies that may induce defects or inconsistencies on the produced part. Consistent, robust analyses of these powders is often challenging, requiring in depth knowledge of image processing and analysis techniques, which is often not available in industrial environments.

ZEISS Additive Manufacturing Powder Analyzer is an automated image processing and analysis solution that allows for entire 3D volumes to be taken from raw data to fully analyzed results in a single click. It analyzes both quantity and size distribution of internal (included) porosity, as well as performing touching particle separation and size analysis. These analyses are then curated into an automated .pdf report for easy comparison between samples. While there are significant individual technical and technological accomplishments throughout the module, the real power comes from the integration of multiple state-of-the-art techniques into a single, easy to use industrial workflow.

The quality of parts created using additive manufacturing is dependent on the quality of the input materials. For metal part production, the primary input material are metal powders that may suffer from numerous forms of defects or inconsistencies that may induce defects or inconsistencies on the produced part. Consistent, robust analyses of these powders is often challenging, requiring in depth knowledge of image processing and analysis techniques, which is often not available in industrial environments.

ZEISS Additive Manufacturing Powder Analyzer is an automated image

processing and analysis solution that allows for entire 3D volumes to be taken from raw data to fully analyzed results in a single click. It analyzes both quantity and size distribution of internal (included) porosity, as well as performing touching particle separation and size analysis. These analyses are then curated into an automated .pdf report for easy comparison between samples. While there are significant individual technical and technological accomplishments throughout the module, the real power comes from the integration of multiple state-of-the-art techniques into a single, easy to use industrial workflow.

Highlights

Area of Research:

  • Additive Manufacturing

Sample Types:

  • Metal powders

Related Solutions:

  • Particle anlaysis for mining
  • ZEISS Liberation & Surface Exposure Analyzer 
User interface of additive manufacturing powder analyzer, showing aluminum metal powder.
User interface of additive manufacturing powder analyzer, showing aluminum metal powder.

Workflow

The module workflow consists of a number of steps:

  1. XRM acquisition
  2. Consistent reconstruction using correct beam hardening settings
  3. Consistent segmentation using automated thresholding
  4. Particle identification and separation using advanced non-local morphometric techniques. There are no user-determined parameters in this step, allowing for robust and repeatable measurements.
  5. Enclosed pore size analysis
  6. Particle size analysis
  7. Automated report generation
  8. Automated export of particle sizes
Automated sample report, showing visual particle instance segmentation and particle size distributions.
Automated sample report, showing visual particle instance segmentation and particle size distributions.

Required components

  • ZEISS Xradia Context microCT or ZEISS Xradia Versa XRM
  • Additive Manufacturing Analyzer
  • ZEN Pro
  • ZEN Macro Environment
  • ZEISS Intellesis

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