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Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing as it is sometimes known is the latest revolution in the manufacturing industry. Because of its complexity of materials, processes, system technology and applications, additive manufacturing faces a huge challenge in terms of production cost and changing market trends like product life cycle, mass customization, sustainability and environmental impact.

The availability of suitable materials and inconsistencies in material properties are also additional challenges for the industry. The availability of material characterization tools will help to further the quality control of product development.

At DKSH, we provide material characterization instruments and solutions to ensure that additive manufacturing materials can meet customer expectations for performance and reliability. We also offer our expertise and support in both areas of physical and chemical studies.

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Measurement types

Particle size distribution

Particle size analysis in the range 0.01-3500 microns. For nanoparticle analysis see dedicated section.


Morphological analysis of particles in the range 0.5-10000 microns (size, shape and transparency of particles). Integrated Raman chemical analysis with MDRS (Morphologically Directed Raman Spectroscopy).

Nanoparticle characterization

Size, concentration and zeta potential anlysis of nano-systems using light scattering techniques such as DLS, ELS and NTA techniques.

Stability analysis

Rapid and objective quantification of concentrated dispersion real stability using Multiple Light Scattering.

Rheology, Viscosity and Powder Flowability

Viscosity measurement and visco-elastic properties characterization of liquid dispersions, complex fluids and semi-solid materials.

Elemental analysis

XRF provides both qualitative and quantitative information on a wide variety of sample types. It can quantify elements from beryllium (Be) up to americium (Am) in concentrations from 100% down to sub-ppm level.

Phase identification

Phase identification is the most important application of X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is not only applied on powder samples but also on polycrystalline solids, suspensions and thin films.

Polymer characterization

Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) that separates analytes on the basis of size, typically in organic solvents. The technique is often used for the analysis of polymers.