Element Materials Technology (Element), one of the world’s leading independent providers of testing, inspection and certification services, has launched an additive manufacturing center of excellence in North West Europe.
Element has invested in new equipment, developed new analyzing techniques and launched new services to expand its capabilities for testing additive manufactured (3D printing) at its Antwerp, Belgium laboratory, bringing customers faster response times and access to a number of services which are unique in Europe.
The laboratory has expanded its scope for chemical analysis for additive manufacturing following investments in a fusion analyzer, microwave destruction system and equipment to carry out inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES).
The new center for excellence is a BELAC (NEN-EN-ISO/IEC17025) accredited metallics laboratory that offers a complete range of materials testing and research services. It specializes in delivering metallography, weld testing services, corrosion testing services, chemical analysis services, and failure analysis services to the oil & gas industry.