Element Materials Technology (Element) has upgraded its Belgium laboratory to feature full scope powder characterization services for additive manufacturing (AM).

According to the company, the Antwerp lab, which now meets ISO/ASTM 52907, can test chemical composition, particle size distribution, morphology, contamination, flowability and characteristic densities. Element Antwerp is a BELAC (NEN-EN-ISO/IEC17025) accredited testing laboratory that supports industries such as energy, aerospace, transportation and industrials. The lab is also scheduled to be audited for Nadcap accreditation.

‘Accurate determination of powder properties is the front end of quality assurance in the AM process,’ a press release said. ‘Powder quality has a significant impact on the printing process and the properties of the printed material.’

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