Alicona are a supplier of Optical 3D metrology equipment that is ideally suited for the measurement and characterisation of surfaces produced by all AM processes.

As the surface texture of additively manufactured metallic surfaces are affected by a number of factors, and the surfaces produced are rough in nature with complex particle geometry conventional tactile methods of measurement are not appropriate. The Focus Variation principle used by Alicona provides detailed topographical 3D data, in natural colour on which surface finish and texture can be measured along with Geometric Form.

Alicona will have on display for both demonstration and application measurement their small portable SL system and staff will be on hand to explain the principles of measurement and would be happy to carry out measurements if samples are taken along.

Alicona systems are already in use in a number of universities and companies in the AM market place and can therefore supply information related to the experience gained.