Measurement of internal surfaces of additively manufactured parts by X-ray computed tomography

Thompson, Adam, Körner, Lars, Senin, Nicola, Lawes, Simon, Maskery, Ian and Leach, Richard K. (2017) Measurement of internal surfaces of additively manufactured parts by X-ray computed tomography. In: 7th Conference on Industrial Computed Tomography (iCT 2017), 7-9 Feb 2017, Leuven, Belgium.

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Recent advances in X-ray computed tomography (XCT) have allowed for measurement resolutions approaching the point where XCT can be used for measuring surface topography. These advances make XCT appealing for measuring hard-to-reach or internal surfaces, such as those often present in additively manufactured parts. To demonstrate the feasibility and potential of XCT for topography measurement, topography datasets obtained using two XCT systems are compared to those from more conventional non-contact optical surface measurement instruments. A hollow Ti6Al4V part produced by direct metal laser sintering is used as a measurement artefact. The artefact comprises two component halves that can be separated to expose the internal surfaces. Measured surface datasets are compared by various qualitative and quantitative means, including the computation of ISO 25178-2 areal surface texture parameters. Preliminary results show that XCT can provide surface information comparable with more conventional surface measurement technologies, thus representing a viable alternative to more conventional measurement, particularly appealing for hard-to-reach and internal surfaces.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: additive manufacturing; surface topography; metrology
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:35

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