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Posted On Jan 21, 2022

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Mechanical Testing of Additive Manufactured Components

A video discussing some of the most important considerations for testing additively manufactured, aka 3D printed, components. As the technology and application capabilities continue to grow, additive manufacturing or 3D printing is becoming an increasingly popular way for a wide range of manufacturers to create products or components with highly complex shapes and unusual geometries. In this video we compare the mechanical properties of an additively manufactured component that has been printed in two different orientations. We also discuss how testing 3D printed materials differs from more traditional manufacturing methods such as injection molding or subtractive manufacturing methods. We perform a tensile test using a 6800 Series universal testing system, AVE 2 video extensometer with Digital Image Correlation (DIC) software to show the strain map and identify areas of stress concentration while the force is being applied.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Jan 18, 2022

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Falling weight impact testing for simulation precision: meet Lamborghini

Explore the benefits that Automobili Lamborghini has with Falling Weight impact testing to meet simulation precision

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Jan 17, 2022

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Manual or Automatic Melt Flow Index Testers

Melt flow index testers come in all shapes and sizes, from completely manual machines to largely automatic solutions. Here we look at the main benefits of combining manual and automatic features within the same plastic melt flow index tester solution.

Posted By Francesca Pinto

 Jan 05, 2022

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5 steps to selecting hammers for your pendulum impact testing machine

The hammer is a critical component of a pendulum impact testing machine. There is now a wide range of hammers to choose from, covering a broad energy spectrum. Selecting the correct device is key to ensuring repeatable pendulum hammer impact test results. Here are some key considerations and features to look out for to maximize efficiency, safety and accuracy.

Posted On Jan 17, 2019

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Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices

An aging population is increasing the demand for common medical consumables like syringes and medicine bottles. As this demand increases, so does the need to test these products to ensure they comply with relevant international standards – some of which require biaxial testing.

Posted By Elena Mangano

 Jan 16, 2018

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Bluehill® Universal Software: Top 5 FAQs

While maintaining all of the power and flexibility found in previous versions of Bluehill Software, our newest static testing software, Bluehill Universal was built from the ground up for touch interaction and boasts many advanced capabilities. With anything new, people have questions. Here are the top 5 we get, that you might also wonder!

Posted On Jan 15, 2016

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Small Transitions to Automation Make a Big Impact

Our own Suzanne De Lemos-Williams, Senior Applications Engineer, talks with Advanced Materials & Processes (AM&P) on common concerns around automating mechanical testing. She provides examples of how small transitions to automation can make a big difference.

Posted On Jan 21, 2015

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Is This the Next Generation of Smartphone Cases?

In ASM International’s recent article, the publication discusses an exciting development happening at Yale University. The team researching mechanical engineering and materials science is in the middle of refining technology that may someday soon be in mass production.

Posted By David Fry

 Jan 31, 2014

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What is The Difference Between Proportional and Non-proportional Clamping Force?

While there are many varieties of gripping technologies (wedge, screw, hydraulic, pneumatic, etc.), they all can be classified as proportional or non-proportional according to the way in which the clamping force is exerted on the specimen.

Posted By Sarah Jastram

 Jan 16, 2014

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What is the Best Way to Check the Functionality of my ElectroPuls™ Load Cell?

Instron load cells are robust and built to last. Therefore, checking the load cell’s functionality on a daily basis is not usually necessary unless you suspect a real problem. That being said, it is always a good idea to be safe than sorry!

Posted On Jan 08, 2014

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What is N-value?

In one of our previous posts, we blogged about plastic strain ratio, r. Besides r-value, another parameter that is commonly measured in metals testing is the n-value. So what is n-value?

Posted On Jan 15, 2013

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Hope for the Holidays 2012

This past holiday season, Instron (Norwood) had the privilege of supporting 74 children in the community with the help of United Way’s Hope for the Holidays program.