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ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Polishing table
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

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ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Polishing table

ESA’s Martina Meisnar working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Polishing samples is necessary for microstructural analysis because it creates a better surface finish when analysed through a Scanning Electron Microscope, for example. At the end of the polishing process, the metal surface reveals the material’s microstructure and texture, making it reflective.

Credit: STFC–S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Polishing table
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Polishing table

ESA’s Martina Meisnar working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Polishing samples is necessary for microstructural analysis because it creates a better surface finish when analysed through a Scanning Electron Microscope, for example. At the end of the polishing process, the metal surface reveals the material’s microstructure and texture, making it reflective.

Credit: STFC-S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Fume cupboard
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

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ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Fume cupboard

ESA’s Sarah Baker working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Some materials can release fumes, gases or potentially harmful particles when handled. When testing powders, for example, the samples are handled in a fume cupboard to minimise the exposure of the scientist to these fine particles.

Credit: STFC-S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Hardness Test
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

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ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Hardness Test

Joe Bennet, STFC, working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

he ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Some materials are put through experiments that test their mechanical properties. For example, a sample is placed in a hardness machine with an indenter to apply pressure. The deformations are examined to deduce the material’s hardness.

Credit: STFC–S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Hardness Test
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Hardness Test

Joe Bennet, STFC, working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Some materials are put through experiments that test their mechanical properties. For example, a sample is placed in a hardness machine with an indenter to apply pressure. The deformations are examined to deduce the material’s hardness.

Credit: STFC–S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Hardness Test
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Hardness Test

Joe Bennet, STFC, working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Some materials are put through experiments that test their mechanical properties. For example, a sample is placed in a hardness machine with an indenter to apply pressure. The deformations are examined to deduce the material’s hardness.

Credit: STFC–S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Measuring powder flow
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

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ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Measuring powder flow

ESA’s Sarah Baker working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

One of its tasks is to measure the characteristics of special powders used in 3D printing. The lab puts each sample through various experiments designed to record the material’s apparent and tap density, flowability, powder size distribution and morphology.

Credit: STFC-S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Measuring powder flow
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Measuring powder flow

ESA’s Sarah Baker working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the 14th June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

One of its tasks is to measure the characteristics of special powders used in 3D printing. The lab puts each sample through various experiments designed to record the material’s apparent and tap density, flowability, powder size distribution and morphology.

Credit: STFC-S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – Examining every detail
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

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ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory - Examining every detail

ESA’s Martina Meisnar working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

The Scanning Electron Microscope allows microstructural observation of internal porosity, cracks, defects and grain morphology as well as compositional analysis using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy.

Credit: STFC–S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory

ESA’s Sarah Baker and Martina Meisnar working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Credit: STFC-S. Kill

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory
19-07-2016 03:50 PM CEST

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory

ESA’s Sarah Baker and Martina Meisnar working in the ESA-RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 14 June 2016.

The ESA–RAL Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Harwell Campus, UK, assesses new material processes, joining techniques and 3D printing technologies for application in space.

Credit: STFC-S. Kill

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