Photron Ltd provided an excellent product (FASTCAM SA-Z 2100K) and outstanding technical support for our research group (led by Professor Peter D Lee at the Research Complex at Harwell and University College London). Our group is a core team of the EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes (MAPP) Our aim is to gain new insight into powder based processes, such as laser additive manufacturing (LAM), using high-speed imaging.

The Photron camera was used with our custom built LAM process replicator and synchrotron X-rays to take images inside the laser-material interaction zone. This enabled non-invasive observation of the molten pool and defect dynamics during LAM. The very high quality and low noise images taken by the SA-Z only require a minimal amount of image processing to extract the features of interest. We are delighted to partner up with Photron on this exciting piece of research.

Dr. Chu Lun Alex Leung – Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London, London, UK