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Phase3D signs contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Phase3D, has signed a contract with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The work will adapt Fringe Research’s in-situ monitoring for the inspection of additive manufacturing of molybdenum for nuclear applications.

Molybdenum, a refractory metal, is known for its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Processing this material has long been a challenge for traditional manufacturing processes due to its high melting point, reactivity with oxygen and brittleness. However, recent breakthroughs at ORNL have shown that molybdenum titanium carbide, a novel alloy, can be successfully fabricated using electron beam powder bed fusion, resulting in crack-free and dense structures.

By using an electron beam to melt the mixture, the ORNL team was able to control the cooling rate, optimizing the performance of the material. This development has significant implications for industries such as aerospace and energy, where components need to withstand high temperatures.

Phase3D’s Fringe Research system, known for its precision and reliability in measuring powder bed surfaces, will be adapted to monitor the AM process of molybdenum on a Renishaw AM250 at ORNL.

“We are thrilled to partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on this groundbreaking project,” said Dr. Niall O’Dowd, founder and CEO of Phase3D. “By leveraging Fringe Research, we aim to support ORNL in advancing additive manufacturing for Molybdenum and unlocking its full potential for critical applications.”

The collaboration between Phase3D and ORNL highlights the synergies between advanced metrology solutions and innovative materials research. This partnership underscores Phase3D’s commitment to innovation and highlights the central role of metrology in the advancement of additive manufacturing technologies for high-performance materials.

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