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Verification & validation

As AM part geometry becomes increasingly more complex as does the challenge to measure, inspect and test components to ensure they meet their required standard. To meet these demands the NCAM is working closely with industry, academia, and standards bodies to develop a deep understanding in each of these area. Our research also extends into in-process monitoring of AM builds to support the validation of parts. Our researchers, working closely with our colleagues at our onsite metrology and non-destructive testing (NDT) labs, have the following capabilities and equipment:

CapabilitIES

Our key capabilities are listed below. In addition, we have access to a wide range of other equipment through our partners and other connections, and can also procure specific pieces of equipment to support your work. Get in touch with us to discuss further.

Metrology Equipment:

  • Measurement Systems downselection and validation
  • Inspection services
  • Reverse engineering
  • Computer aided inspection and quality
  • Large volume metrology
  • Surface metrology
  • Inspection planning and optimisation
  • Digital inspection tools
  • Dimensional metrology & surface roughness measurement equipment
  • Blue light 3D scanning
  • CMM & LCMM

NDT Equipment:

  • Inspection systems selection and validation
  • Inspection services
  • In-process inspection
  • Inspection and quality standards development
  • Automated inspection
  • Optimisation of inspection processes
  • Portable non-destructive testing kit
  • X-ray computed tomography

Destructive testing, such as routine mechanical testing, is carried out offsite by a series of accredited suppliers.

Meet The Team

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Dr. Ben Dutton

Technical Specialist

  • Particular expertise in non-destructive testing for AM

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Dr. Nathanael Turner

Advanced Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in X-ray Computed Tomography

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Dr. Andrew Clough

Technology Manager

  • Particular expertise in metrology and Non-Destructive Testing

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Adam Kerr

Technical Specialist

  • Particular expertise in metrology

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Liam Bradley Smith

Principal Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in metrology

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Dr. Toby Maw

Principal Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in metrology

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Holly Janes

Advanced Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in metrology and non-destructive testing

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Dr. Wilson Vesga

Advanced Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in Non-Destructive Testing