National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME)

Experimental Capability

Three EOS M290 Direct Metal Laser Sintering Systems
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The EOS M290 is an additive manufacturing system for the production of metallic parts. The system has the following specifications: building volume of 250 x 250 x 325 mm; 400 Watt laser; EOS-licensed process parameters for Ti-6Al-4V, Inconel 718, AlSi10Mg, stainless steel 316L, stainless steel 17-4 PH, and more. National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) owns three EOS M290 machines, one located at Auburn University and two locations in Huntsville, AL.

RENISHAW AM250 Metal Additive Manufacturing System


The Renishaw AM250 features an external powder hopper with valve interlocks to allow additional material to be added whilst the process is running. The powder overflow containers are outside the chamber and have isolation valves so that unused materials can be sieved and reintroduced to the process via the hopper while the system is running. The system has a build volume of 250 mm × 250 mm × 300 mm.

Open Additive Machine 

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The Open Additive PANDA is an open architecture LB-PBF system used in various research topics. The system is equipped with a 500W fiber laser, a heated build platform (capable of going up to 500°C), and has a build volume of 152 x 152 x 241 mm. The configurable features allow more freedom to work with different types of AM materials as well as the development of new and unique processing strategies. 

Coherent CREATOR

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The Coherent CREATOR is an excellent small-volume LB-PBF machine that is unique in its design with a circular coater that can decrease the build time by 30%. One of the best qualities of this system is the intuitive software package provided by the machine. It is comparatively cheaper and can rapidly print parts compared to other 3D metal printers. This machine contains a small building platform which is much easier to change material systems compared to all of our other platforms. Also, it takes less time to prepare the build files, execute builds, and conduct maintenance.

OPTOMEC LENS 3D Additive Machine Tool


The OPTOMEC LENS 3D Additive Machine Tool provides high-quality metal 3D printing with 10 times faster printing speed than Powder Bed Fusion systems. LENS uses directed energy deposition (DED) technology, where a high-powered laser beam is used to fabricate structures layer by layer from powdered metals, alloys, ceramics, or composites to produce fully-dense parts. Some of the advantages of DED are reduced manufacturing costs and materials, reduced process time, and the ability to process non-reactive and reactive metals. (Source:

MTS Uniaxial Fatigue Testing Machines & MTS Multiaxial Fatigue Testing Machine


NCAME is the home to Two MTS Landmark 370 (Floor model), load capacity 100kN MTS 810, load capacity 100kN Two MTS Landmark 370 (Tabletop model), load capacity 25kN MTS 809 Axial/Torsion, load capacity 100kN / 1100 N*m MTS Bionix Axial/Torsion, load capacity 25kN / 250 N*m Other equipment: -Three/Point bending up to dynamic loads of 10kN and static loads of 30kN - Fatigue crack growth with CTOD gage (0.25 in) this one is included in the list of extensometers - High Temperature Testing up to 1000 °C.

Zeiss Crossbeam 550 Scanning Electron Microscope


The Zeiss Crossbeam 550 Scanning Electron Microscope combines the imaging and analytical performance of a high-resolution field emission SEM with the processing ability of a next-gen focused ion beam (FIB). This state-of-the-art FIB-SEM has Gemini II electron optics which ensures high beam quality for high-resolution (0.6 nm) imaging. Its 5 different electron detectors (including conventional and in-lens secondary electron detectors, in-lens energy selective backscattered (ESB) electron detector, a four-quadrant backscattered electron (BSD) detector, and STEM detector) enable truly versatile materials characterization. The microscope also has Oxford instruments onboard the FIB-SEM enabling advanced energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses. This FIB-SEM, with its Ion-sculptor Ga+ FIB at an exceptional FIB resolution of less than 3 nm, also offers superb TEM sample preparation quality. In addition, its ultralow FIB voltage currently minimizes the amorphization zone of TEM lamella during the final thinning step.


Keyence VHX-6000
Superior analyses can be performed through the KEYENCE VHX-6000 series microscope. This microscope has adaptive lighting, advanced focusing, large depth-of-field, multi-angle observation, real-time measurements, improve images using High-Resolution HDR, ring reflection removal, 3D image stitching, contamination analysis, etc. KEYENCE VHX-6000 is mostly used for analyzing the fracture surfaces, porosity, and surface roughness measurements in NCAME. (Source:

FT4 Powder Rheometer

The FT4 is used to characterize the rheology of the powder (i.e., powder flow properties). This instrument is considered a universal powder flow tester. The FT4 is designed to simulate powder processing conditions (i.e., consolidated, moderately stressed, and aerated or fluidized states) and obtain dynamic flow (i.e., bulk and shear properties). This instrument has an unparalleled sensitivity which enables the differentiation of different powder batches. Sample sizes can vary from 10 to 160 ml. In the FT4, the resistance of the powder to flow is measured while the powder is in motion. The FT4 can be used for different categories of methodologies defined as Bulk, Dynamic Flow, Shear (according to ASTM D7891), and process. It can be used in many applications including pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, food, cosmetics, toners, metals, ceramics, plastics, powder coating, cement, and additive manufacturing applications. (Source:


SENTRO TECH High-Temperature Tube Furnace


The 1200 oC (2190 oF) tube furnace provides accurate temperature control and safe operations. Hot enough for most laboratory applications, Sentro Tech's tube furnace is ideal for heating small samples. This furnace has many advantages including 30-segment easy-use PID programmable temperature controller, long-life metallic heating elements, highly efficient ceramic fiber insulation, heating isolating ceramic tube, long-life K or S-type thermocouples, high temperature sealing rubber sheet, etc. (Source:

EcoMet TM 30 Semi-Automatic Grinder Polisher


The EcoMet 30 provides simple operations for routine grinding and polishing. The user-friendly touchscreen interface puts all regularly used functions on the front screen with no complicated menus that can add time to the process. Ideal for users who have a dedicated machine for each step in their process, the EcoMet 30 saves time with advanced cleaning features. Durability tested over 2500 hours and flexible enough to be compatible with 8in [203mm], 10in [254mm], and 12in [305mm] platens. (Source: