Element Materials Technology (Element) has invested in a powder characterization testing site for additive manufacturing (AM) at its laboratory in Huntington Beach, California, USA.

The new tests include chemical composition analysis, powder sieve analysis, particle size distribution, flow rate, apparent density, tap density and gas pycnometry, the company said. Once printed, Element can also perform mechanical, dynamic, chemical and metallurgical testing on the materials that are produced.

‘3D printing is well beyond an emerging market now and is an increasingly important space for us to be working and investing in,’ said Rick Sluiters, EVP aerospace at Element. Powder characterization has applications in multiple industries, including aerospace and medical devices, which are key sectors for Element.’

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