Special Interest Group Meeting: Advancing Precision in Additive Manufacturing


Laboratory Tour

Wednesday 20th September 2023
Time: 16:40 – 18:00

The KU Leuven department of mechanical engineering houses several well equipped manufacturing labs, and has historically embraced the strong link between manufacturing and metrology. The AM labs specifically are home to more than 10 LPBF machines with unique capabilities for metals, ceramics, and polymers, including dual laser systems, non-Gaussian beam shapes, slurry based deposition systems, and advanced monitoring tools. The metrology labs contain a range of systems for optical or multisensory scanning and dimensioning of parts, and surface characterization. They are complemented by two Nikon XCT machines for internal and external measurements and quality control of complex shaped parts.

The tour will highlight recent work on in situ surface finishing of metal AM parts, AM of challenging materials such as copper and ceramics, and other AM developments. It will showcase recent work on dimensional metrology applied to conventional and AM manufacturing, with a focus on a novel fringe projection setup for the quick inspection of large components. Finally, progress in XCT for AM will be presented, from both the experimental point of view and advanced CT reconstruction/analysis algorithms. The tour visit comprises both AM labs, the metrology lab, the XCT facilities at the department, and other available metrology systems.

Please note: Photography is not permitted in any of the laboratories.

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