Additive Manufacturing Facilities and Equipment

At the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, the additive manufacturing laboratory is well equipped . Unique resources are readily available at MSU/CAVS to ensure research success at an accelerated pace, including uniquely-equipped AM machines, mechanical characterization equipment, full-service machine shops, a high-performance computing network/cluster and more. The Additive Manufacturing Laboratory consists of a Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENSĀ®) 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. MSU/CAVS is one of only a few universities in the nation with a LENS-equipped Stratonics ThermaVizĀ® 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 in-situ monitoring and control of part quality.

CAVS Facilities

  • Nanoindenter
  • X-Ray CT
  • Surface Profilometer
  • Scanning Electron Microscopes
  • Metallurgical Prep Area
  • Brinell, Rockwell, and Vickers hardness testers
  • Optical Microscope
  • Mechanical Test Equipment
  • Fatigue Test Stands
  • Powder Flowmeter
  • Laser particle size distribution analyzer
Facilities Equipment

The Optomec LENS 750

Cleaning up after 3D metal printing

Cleaning up after 3D metal printing

  • Renishaw AM 400

    Optomec LENS 750

    ProJect 1000

  • Type

    SLM / Powder Bed

    Blown Powder

    SLA Polymer Printer

  • Laser Power




  • Build Volume




  • Commercial Materials Used

    Ti-6Al-4V, 316L, IN625

    Ti-6Al-4V, IN718

    Polymeric Resin

  • Thermal Monitoring