Equipment

Additive Manufacturing Equipment

EOS M290 (EOS E-MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS)

This laser powder-bed fusion system is equipped with an Ytterbium continuous fiber laser and also a novel melt pool monitoring devise. This metal laser additive manufacturing system allows the MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners to manufacture of complex parts from a variety of metallic elements. A formalized partnership with EOS has been materialized to develop novel sub-modules for this system.

AM400 (RENISHAW)

This AM 400 laser powder-bed fusion system form Renishaw is one of the most advanced laser-based AM systems that is equipped with a pulsed Ytterbium laser, a larger SafeChange™ filter, improved optical control software, and revised gas flow and window protection system. This system is used for printing of a variety of metallic elements. Through partnerships with industry and Renishaw, novel materials are deployed to this system by the MSAM researchers/collaborators.

Custom 7-Axis Laser Based Powder-Fed Additive Manufacturing Setup

In conjunction with Automated Laser Fabrication (ALFa) laboratory of the University of Waterloo, an in-house developed 7-axis direct metal fabrication system equipped with 1.1 kW CW Fiber laser (IPG) and 1 kW Solid State Nd:YAG laser (LASAG) is available for specific applications. The system is equipped with a thermal camera and a patented CCD-based optical detector for the closed-loop control of the process.

Laser Based Direct Metal Deposition System
DMD®-IC106 System

Arriving soon

A customized robotic disk-laser powder-fed system with environmentally controlled chamber and a 2kW disk laser from DM3D.

STRATASYS J750

This Stratasys J750 multi-color, multi-material system is a polyjet 3D printing system that can create parts in 14-micron layer resolution. This machine allows for mixing of materials up to six materials at once. The MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners are using this system to 3D print innovative parts with any combination of rigid, flexible, transparent or opaque materials and adjust color at the same time. The J750 has the capability to produce over 360,000 colors while creating photorealistic models with varying durometers.

In-house developed 3D printer for Silicone

A novel 3D printer has been designed and integrated recently by the MSAM researchers enabling the printing of silicone structures. Those interested to learn about this system, please contact the lab director. An NDA must be signed to enable the group to disclose further information. The system is open for commercialization by start-up companies.

Z 510/310 (3D SYSTEMS)

This binder-jet power-bed system (Z510/310 machines) allow you to spread thin layers over the build platform and then selectively jet a binder from inkjet print heads over the core layer, which causes the core to solidify. The build platform lowers with each subsequent layer resulting in a full three-dimensional model. Once complete the part undergoes a post-processing step to improve its material properties. The MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners use these systems for the development of innovative implants from biodegradable and biocompatible materials.

Custom Desktop Powder Bed Binder Jetting System

This custom desktop machine allows you to spread thin layers of titanium and other powders and selectively jets a binder from an inkjet print head to solidify the core powder. Printing parameters can be adjusted on a per-layer basis giving complete control over the build process. This is the perfect build platform for creating medical, dental and other high-value components such as jewelry.

CUSTOM IN-HOUSE BINDER-JET SYSTEM WITH ADDED PATENTED FEATURES

This is a custom workstation that was developed in-house to enable the fabrication of structures with heterogeneous porosity (varying density). The system is able to print in powder bases layers similar to regular binder jetting systems but also allow you to inject liquid into the same build.

Optomec Aerosol micro-Scale AM

The Optomec system allows the user to use microscale laser-assisted manufacturing process (aerosol jet printing) to create high resolution 3D/conformal interconnects with feature sizes less than 10 micron in width and 1 micron in thickness for a variety of electronic and sensor-on-chip devices to facilitate their miniaturization. The technology can also be used for non-planar antenna as well.

Stratasys UPrint

The Stratasys Uprint allows for printing in 2 layer thicknesses and for use with real ABSplus thermoplastic materials. The resulting models and functional prototypes are durable, stable and pinpoint accurate. With nine colors to choose from, you can create realistic prototypes and marketing models.

Axial Table Top Servohydraulic Dynamic Testing System

Arriving Soon

Electromechanical Universal Test System

Arriving Soon

Characterization Equipment

NANO-CT SCANNER

This ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray Nano-CT scanner adds new degrees of flexibility for scientific discovery and non-destructive testing. Providing a throughput thermographic imaging based on industry-best resolution and contrast (700 nm precision with a 70 nm voxel size), this system provides unique opportunity to conduct non-destructive imaging of additively manufactured parts. Innovative contrast and acquisition techniques opens new opportunities for the MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners to move beyond exploration and detect pores and cracks that are not detectable by any other CT scanner in the market.

HIGH PRECISION LASER-BASED COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE (CMM)

The multi-sensor CMM has an extensive range of tactile and optical probing, automation hardware and software. The variety of probe heads are supported with touch-trigger, scanning probes, 5 axis measurement and laser scanners to ensure that the MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners have the tools to measure any type of part.

LASER SCANNING CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE

The Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope from Keyence combines a 3-in-1 system providing the convenience of an optical microscope with the analytical functions of an SEM and a roughness gauge. The system uses a UV laser and a 16-bit photomultipler to accurately obtain measurement data from a variety of samples is with a matte black, clear, highly reflective materials and samples with steeply sloping side walls over 85°. The system has a magnification range of 50x to 24,000x enabling the collection of features in the nanometer level. The MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners use this system to analyze the surface quality of additive manufactured parts.

DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING PARTICLE SIZE AND SHAPE ANALYZER

The CAMSIZER X2 from RETSCH is used for quality control of fine powders used in powder-based additive manufacturing processes. More precise and faster analysis of particle size and particle shape help the MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners to quickly optimize powder characteristics used in AM process.

POWDER RHEOMETER SYSTEM

The FT4 Powder Rheometer® is used by the MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners to characterise the rheology, or flow properties, of powders. This will allow the researchers and industry to evaluate flow-ability, shear properties and many other critical powder parameters required for the understanding the effects of powder characteristics on the quality of AM-made parts and AM processes.

AUTOMATIC DENSITY ANALYZER

The QUANTACHROME ULTRAPYC 1200E pycnometer is specifically designed to measure the true volume of solid materials, even powders and porous solids, by employing Archimedes’ principle of fluid (gas) displacement and the technique of gas expansion (Boyle’s law). The MSAM researchers/collaborators and the affiliated industrial partners use this system to effectively measure important parameters affecting the quality of AM-made parts.

HIGH TEMPERATURE DSC/TGA

The NETZSCH system combines the simultaneous application of Thermogravimetry (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to one and the same sample in a single instrument. The system is able to determine the thermodynamic properties of ceramics and metallic high-performance materials at a wide range of temp up to 1600C.

AFM – RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY SYSTEM (arriving soon)

To arrive soon.

Fatigue test in corrosive media (arriving soon)

The fatigue testing system in corrosive media provides the ability to study the mechanical degradation of a material under the joint action of corrosion and cyclic loading.

Retsch Ball Mill

Planetary Ball Mills are used wherever the highest degree of fineness is required. The Ball Mill can quickly grind down to nano range. In addition to well-proven mixing and size reduction processes, these mills also meet all technical requirements for colloidal grinding and provide the energy input necessary for mechanical alloying. The extremely high centrifugal forces of a planetary ball mill result in very high pulverization energy and therefore short grinding times.

The PM 100 is a convenient benchtop model with 1 grinding station.

OTHER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR USE ON UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO CAMPUS

  • SEM
  • TEM
  • XPS
  • Bi-axial fatigue testing machines
  • Regular tensile testing setups
  • XRD
  • Nano-indenter
  • UV-Vis
  • 5-axis and 3-axis CNC machining
  • EDM
  • Automated grinders
  • And many more