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Nondestructive Evaluation of Additive Manufacturing State-of-the-Discipline ReportThis report summarizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA) state of the art of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for additive manufacturing (AM), or "3-D printed", hardware. NASA's unique need for highly customized spacecraft and instrumentation is suited for AM, which offers a compelling alternative to traditional subtractive manufacturing approaches. The Agency has an opportunity to push the envelope on how this technology is used in zero gravity, an enable in-space manufacturing of flight spares and replacement hardware crucial for long-duration, manned missions to Mars. The Agency is leveraging AM technology developed internally and by industry, academia, and other government agencies for its unique needs. Recent technical interchange meetings and workshops attended by NASA have identified NDE as a universal need for all aspects of additive manufacturing. The impact of NDE on AM is cross cutting and spans materials, processing quality assurance, testing and modeling disciplines. Appropriate NDE methods are needed before, during, and after the AM production process.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Waller, Jess M.
(Jacobs Technology Inc. Tullahoma, TN, United States)
Parker, Bradford H.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Hodges, Kenneth L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Burke, Eric R.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Walker, James L.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
November 18, 2014
Publication Date
November 1, 2014
Subject Category
Engineering (General)
Quality Assurance And Reliability
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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