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6 April 2016 Towards in-situ process monitoring in selective laser sintering using optical coherence tomography
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Proceedings Volume 9738, Laser 3D Manufacturing III; 97380Q (2016)
Event: SPIE LASE, 2016, San Francisco, California, United States
Selective laser sintering (SLS) enables fast, flexible and cost-efficient production of parts directly from 3D CAD data. However, compared with more established machine tools, there is a marked lack of process monitoring and feedback control of key process variables to optimize production parameters in-situ. We apply optical coherence tomography (OCT) to evaluate components produced by SLS and suggest a route for its application in in-situ process monitoring within the SLS tool for real-time monitoring of the SLS process for assurance, or even dynamic correction of defects during the build. OCT is shown to be a viable technique for evaluation of both surface and sub-surface features built into a part either by design or from poor sintering or non-homogeneous powder spreading. We demonstrate detection and quantification of surface defects on a ~30 μm scale in a Polyamide (PA2200) part, resolving ‘built-in’ fine features within a 200 to 400μm depth below the surface.
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Guangying Guan, Zeng Hai Lu, Matthias Hirsch, Ruth Goodridge, David T. D. Childs, Stephen J. Matcher, Adam T. Clare, and Kristian M. Groom "Towards in-situ process monitoring in selective laser sintering using optical coherence tomography", Proc. SPIE 9738, Laser 3D Manufacturing III, 97380Q (6 April 2016);


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