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Nikolas Hrabe from NIST Material Measurement Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, will talk about NIST’s activities and objectives in metals AM research.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) has shown promise as a viable manufacturing process as evidenced by the numerous components with regulatory approval and in current use across multiple industries (e.g. aerospace, medical device). The continued maturation of AM has been identified as a key opportunity for NIST to serve its mission in promoting US innovation and industrial competitiveness. To accomplish this, NIST undertakes a broad scope of AM research, and this talk will highlight current activities in metal AM. In addition to this high-level overview, some recent results on the effects of crystallographic texture variation on tensile properties of EBM Ti-6Al-4V will also be discussed.
Nik is a staff metallurgist at NIST in Boulder, CO, where he leads the AM Fatigue and Fracture Project. He began working in AM in graduate school (University of Washington, Seattle, WA) using pre-commercial Arcam EBM machines to study fatigue behavior of Ti-6Al-4V lattice structures for biomedical applications. Nik first came to NIST as an NRC post-doc, followed by time in industry working with 3D Systems Healthcare (Littleton, CO) using EBM-PBF and L-PBF machines to develop, secure regulatory approval, and contract manufacture for clients within the medical device industry.