TWI Ltd, headquartered in Great Abington, Cambridge, UK, reports that one of its PhD researchers, Mason Rowbottom, has received two awards for his work in the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) Additive Manufacturing process. Rowbottom won the award for ‘Best Presentation’ at the 4th Dimensional X-Ray Computer Tomography (DXCT) conference, which took place at the University of Huddersfield, UK, June 25–26, 2019.
Rowbottom’s presentation focused on demonstrating the ‘Generation of a calibration artefact for the setting of optimal X-Ray Computed Tomography parameters for the investigation of porosity presence within aluminium (AlSi10MG) components produced via Selective Laser Melting (SLM)’. He was also awarded ‘Best PhD Poster Presentation’ at the annual NSIRC Conference, held at TWI’s headquarters in Cambridge, UK, from July 2–3, 2019.
Based in the Laser Additive Manufacturing area at TWI’s technology centre in South Yorkshire, UK, Mason is working on the development of the L-PBF process with his research focusing specifically on the development of an Automated Closed Feedback System. TWI states that using and improving existing metrology methods is showing promising methodologies in the utilisation of NDT equipment, not only to validate Mason’s test results, but also for use in further research projects within the AM industry. A paper is expected to be published in the coming months.