Tried, tested, trusted.

At our state-of-the-art facility we have the latest in test equipment technology, allowing us to offer a comprehensive range of 3D material testing services that make us unique in the AM industry.  This comprehensive 3D material testing can lead to added consistency and confidence when using 3D technology for the production of end-use parts; where process control and traceability is vital.

Our 3D material testing services include:

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) | Our DSC technology measures the temperatures and heat flows associated with a material’s thermal transitions. This enables you to accurately characterise the melting and crystallisation transitions of your materials, in turn improving reliability and reproducibility.

Our machine can operate in a calibrated temperature range between -40°C and 400°C.

Powder Flowability | Being able to accurately identify powder properties is key to achieving a uniform, repeatable performance. Our Freeman Technologies FT4 Powder Rheometer® can measure dynamic flow properties, as well as bulk properties including compressibility, permeability, and density.

Particle Size Distribution | We can quickly measure the particle size distribution of any powder with our Mastersizer 2000 Analyser. This highly intelligent machine uses laser diffraction technology to provide a continuous measurement for analysing process streams.

Melt Flow Rate | Our Tinius Olsen MP1200 Melt Flow Index Analyser measures the rate of thermoplastic extrusion through an orifice at a prescribed temperature and load, enabling you to accurately record the flow of a melted material.

Print Test | Using our desktop Selective Laser Sintering printer our team can assist you in evaluating the suitability and performance of new polymer powders. This system is used for confirming powder performance before scaling up to large scale machines.

Our printer has a powder bed size of 100 X 100 X 100mm, requiring only 300 grams of powder to begin testing, and a building speed which can reach 25mm/h.

Our 3D print services

  • Full-scale vehicle grill – spare part


    Ricoh have an endless list of materials to choose from, each with their own distinctive characteristics
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    Post-processing Solutions

    Ricoh offer a wide variety of finishing options that both enhance looks and advance performance
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    Quality Assurance

    Ricoh have state-of-the-art production and quality control software

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Whether you're looking for materials advice, quoting guidance or simply want to know more about additive manufacturing, we're always happy to assist.