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Materials Manufacturing

Melting & Casting

Our 50 lb.-capacity vacuum induction melt furnace can produce highly precise alloys. Materials that are free of typical industrial impurities can be produced using high purity alloying materials. Materials that do contain impurities can also be produced to investigate the impacts of these impurities on commercially produced materials.

During a typical melt, raw materials are loaded into the crucible and heated to approximately 1600°C, although dependent on which materials are used.

Once melted and mixed, various size molds are used to cast ingots for further processing. Molds include 25 lb. and 50 lb. rectangular book molds, as well as custom molds for specific applications.

Heat Treatment

CAVS facilities can conduct laboratory-scale heat treatment of all kinds of metal alloys, which is a crucial part of material development. Equipment includes tube and muffle furnaces with a temperature range of up to 1500 C and volume to 400 mm x 400 mm x 550 mm.

Machining & Welding

CAVS has a full-capability machine shop with dedicated support staff. Fabrication capabilities include:

  • 5-axis CNC milling machine
  • CNC lathe
  • Multiple manual mills and lathes
  • MIG and TIG welding capability
  • Sheet metal working equipment including break, shear, and forming
  • Extrusion and bending capabilities

CNC Milling

The Haas VF-5 vertical machining center has 50" x 26" x 25" (1270 x 660 x 635 mm) xyz travels and was built utilizing all American-made cast-iron components. This machine is a rugged, medium-sized VMC that yields reliability and accuracy.

CNC Lathe

The Haas CNC SL-20 Lathe, with a max turning capacity of 10.3" x 20" and an 8.3" chuck, has a bar capacity of up to 2.0".

Additive Manufacturing

CAVS is home to a well-equipped Additive Manufacturing Laboratory. To ensure research success at an accelerated pace, MSU and CAVS house unique resources, including AM machines, mechanical characterization equipment, full-service machine shops, a high-performance computing network/cluster and more.

MSU’s CAVS is one of only a few universities in the nation with a Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS®)-equipped Stratonics ThermaViz® dual pyrometer/infrared thermal imaging and control system. This system allows for the real-time collection of infrared images during LBAM and can be utilized for both in-situ monitoring and quality control of parts.

The Additive Manufacturing Laboratory consists of a LENS® machine with 1 kW Nd:YAG laser source, as well as a Selective Laser Melting (SLM) machine and a 3D Systems Projet 1000 for rapid prototyping.

Renishaw AM 400 Optomec LENS 750 ProJet 1000
Type SLM/Powder Bed Blown Powder SLA Polymer Printer
Laser Power 400 W 1000 W N/A
Build Volume 10”x10”x12” 8”x8”x12” 6.75” x 8” x 7”
Commercial Materials Used Ti-6Al-4V, 316L, IN625 Ti-6Al-4V, IN718 Polymeric resin
Thermal Monitoring No Yes N/A