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Powder Characterization for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Digital Short Course

This self-guided digital short course uses helpful visuals, narrated animations, and interactive quizzes to teach powder characterization for metal additive manufacturing. Smooth, continuous flow of powder is important for success in both powder bed and directed energy deposition processes. By completing this course, learners will gain an understanding of powder flowability that will help them optimize powder selection, select appropriate flow tests, and enhance the overall performance of metal additive manufacturing processes. This course discusses various flow tests, including the Hall/Carney flow test, bulk/tap density, rheometer, and the revolving or rotating drum technique. This course also describes the basic principles and applications of micro-X-ray computed tomography (μXCT) in studying powder porosity characteristics nondestructively .

Who Should Enrol

This digital short course is suitable for those involved in the field of metal additive manufacturing, specifically for those interested in understanding and optimizing the powder characteristics used in the process.

  • Materials Scientists/Engineers: Professionals working in the field of materials science and engineering, particularly those involved in the development and characterization of metal powders for additive manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing Engineers/Technicians: Individuals responsible for operating and maintaining additive manufacturing equipment
  • Quality Control/Assurance Professionals: Professionals involved in quality control and assurance processes within the metal additive manufacturing industry
  • Manufacturing Managers/Supervisors: Managers and supervisors overseeing metal additive manufacturing operations

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Particle Characteristics
  • Powder Flowability Measurement
  • Conclusion

Course Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of powder flowability in achieving quality in additive manufacturing.
  • Describe the different powder flow tests that occur in powder-bed AM machines.
  • Detail the basic principles and applications of micro-X-ray computer tomography (μXCT) in studying powder porosity characteristics nondestructively.

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Special instructions

Course Length- 1.5-2hrs

Access details- The course will be available for viewing for 60 days from the registration date.

Reference materials included- pdf of the lesson

Communication: Access to course materials requires a unique email address for the student enrolled. All communications concerning the status of the class will be accomplished by email. It is the responsibility of the class registrant to ensure that a valid email address has been supplied and email filter settings are not preventing delivery of emails from ASM International-email.


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Members: $420
Non Members: $440



Powder Characterization for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Members: $420
Non Members: $440

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