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Non-destructive testing (NDT) for metal additive-manufactured components

1,730.00 excl. VAT

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3 days (8h/day); 9AM-5PM CET


Alfredo Lamberti

With wide experience in researching NDT techniques for the inspection of composites and non-conventional materials, focusing on thermography, laser vibrometry, modal analysis and photonic sensing, Alfredo is an ENGIE Laborelec NDT Expert and Project Manager in the NDT team. He is involved in international projects exploring advanced NDT technologies for applications in the energy, windpower and space sectors, especially in robotized, non-contact and multiphysics NDT inspection methods (thermography, laser ultrasonics and profilometry, etc) targeted at composites and non-conventional materials such as those used in additive manufacturing. With a PhD in Engineering, and post-doctorate aerospace research experience, Alfredo also has several years’ experience as a trainer, both in Europe and the US.

Steve Nardone

An international expert in metallic materials for power plants, Steve specializes in additive manufacturing (3D printing). He works with operators, assisting in materials assessment as part of root cause analysis, as well as remaining life assessment and creep damage evaluation. He also has extensive experience in quality assurance and technical audits associated with strategic spare part manufacture. Steve currently manages multidisciplinary projects focusing on the full range of materials used in the energy sector, such as integrating new manufacturing processes, including 3D printing, in industrial environments.



Non-destructive testing is not a recent practice and has long been based on well-established procedures and standards, applying it to parts made by additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) presents new challenges. This course looks in detail at these challenges and how to assure reliable analysis. The course reflects the increasing trend for integrating additive-manufactured parts in industrial sectors where quality and safety criteria are particularly onerous, such as aerospace, automotive, chemical and heavy engineering, petrochemical and gas, and nuclear. Assuring quality control for these parts using reliable and standardized non-destructive techniques is essential.


The course introduction discusses three specific approaches to metallic additive manufacturing:

  • laser powder bed fusion,
  • directed energy deposition, and
  • binder jetting.

The course then reviews the particular characteristics of parts produced by additive manufacturing, including:

  • the final material’s internal characteristics, such as grain orientation, anisotropy, and crystal phases;
  • the potential defects, such as different types of porosity, microcracks, and which stages of the manufacturing process could have caused these phenomena;
  • the often complex shape, as well as surface condition, compared with parts made through conventional subtractive processes.

The main part of the course focuses on how to ensure reliable analysis using the following test and assessment techniques and methods:

  • visual examination,
  • ultrasonic testing,
  • eddy current testing,
  • radiographic testing,
  • penetrant testing, and
  • thermography.

The final part of the course focuses on standards. It reviews existing standards and those under development, as well as the work of active standards groups in organizations including ISO, ASTM, ESA, and NASA.

Brief interactive exercises form an important and integral part of the course, designed to illustrate the theory and aid in assimilating the material. The final half-day is entirely devoted to practical exercises using video of Level 2 and Level 3 certified specialists carrying out eddy current and ultrasonic inspections.

Target Audience

The course is particularly suitable for design engineers, maintenance staff, QA/QC engineers and mechanical maintenance and operation technicians.

Practical Info

Please note that the course will only take place if the minimum number of participants is acquired.

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