McGill University is very excited about its recent acquisition of new equipment that greatly increases its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities. Located in Prof. Mathieu Brochu’s laboratory at McGill in Montreal are now two new Renishaw laser powder bed units, an AM250 and an AM400.
“These units will be used to expand the boundaries of AM, particularly in the critical areas of processing of materials sensitive to cracking, microstructure control, and the relationship of the former to powder quality and chemical composition,” said Prof. Brochu. “Tapping into McGill’s existing expertise in pulse-based AM processing, the primary objective will be to open new AM opportunities for industry by providing new and higher performance AM alloys/parts.”
Moreover, installed in January and complementing the new 3D printing capability available is a new ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray nano-CT scanner. McGill researchers and other institutions now have access to this powerful CT scanner. This technology has the capability to detect defects with a 700 nm special resolution with a minimum 70 nm voxel size, and is instrumental in helping to minimize defects using AM.
The Xradia 520 Versa is capable of non-destructive 3D submicron imaging. It can analyze a wide variety of solid and soft materials including rock, metal, polymers, glass as well as biological hard and soft materials such as stained or unstained tissue.