UES has built a fast-growing reputation in the area of metal additive manufacturing (AM) quality assessment. After maturing the technology through SBIR programs, UES scientists are working on a RIF (Rapid Innovation Fund) program to deliver optimized AM components for use by the AF Space and Missiles Command.
AM enables a direct build of a part from a computer aided design (CAD) file. However, there are a myriad of process parameters that need to be optimized for a successful part to be built. The UES team focuses on controlled experimentation, extensive mechanical analysis, as well as Robo-Met.3D® characterization, to evaluate the effect of these parameters, with the goal of improving process yield.
UES and our expert partners are creating a “virtual foundry”. The goal is to offer additively manufactured parts along with the information necessary (from UES) to validate the AM process. This enables the AM parts to be used with confidence. The team flourishes with the technical breadth and the supportive work environment that UES provides, and consistently meets high expectations from customers.