In our response to the COVID-19 aka SARS-Cov-2 pandemic, 3D printing has been a major player in relieving the medical equipment needs of healthcare heroes.  3D printing enables designers and engineers to integrate complex detailed product and parts designs.  So, what really is 3D printing?  3D printing is the process of building an object layer by slim layer.  It is an additive process, unlike the original impression of a singular production of ornate objects on a desktop printer.   Initially focused on the consumer market, when 3D printing went industrial, it evolved from novelty items, to rapid prototype production, to mass produced end-use products.  When pandemic PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) shortages became an urgent dilemma, the additive manufacturing industry focused on providing on-demand critical medical products such as COVID-19 test kits components, face shields, air-pressured ventilators and more. 

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In order to be able to supply these products on demand, the additive industry not only had to quickly design the intricate supplies needed, but also to turn to materials testing labs, such as NSL Analytical Services, for critical product testing.  NSL Analytical Services has proven testing capabilities including:  

Chemical analysis of trace and major elements for R&D and for specification conformance (0ppb to 100 ppm).

Powder characterization as testing for physical characteristics like density, flow rate, particle size and distribution, and particle shape.

Validation of metal printed parts comprised of metallurgical analysis, mechanical testing, microstructure analysis, component and product failure analysis, processing issues and SEM (Structural Equation Modeling) and EDX (Energy-Dispersive X-ray) Analysis.

Appearing just like current model components in medical equipment is not good enough when a patient’s life is on the line; performance and safety are everything.   Additive Manufacturing Industry professionals can trust NSL Analytical Services for accuracy, reliability and turnaround integrity. If you are searching for the services of a “materials testing labs near me”, contact NSLAnalytical.com for details on how NSL material testing services can help you.