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Instrument Description


INL is operating an Optomec LENS MR-7 Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) system currently located at the Experimental Fuels Facility (EFF). This system utilizes an embedded 1 kW laser to sinter or create a melt pool from powdered material that is sprayed through a number of nozzles onto a build platform located inside a glovebox with an inert argon atmosphere. Simple or complex layups of varied compositions of materials can be formed into a net shape or near-net shape through the selection and control of the powder feedstock material as it is sprayed underneath the laser light. The results from this process can revolutionize the approaches to fabrication of nuclear and non-nuclear components and systems over traditional casting or subtractive machining.

Materials that can be processed by the system at EFF include those for cladding, nuclear fuels, and structural components. Ceramic, metallic, and cermet materials can be fabricated into net shapes. The geometry of the parts are created using modern computer-aided design (CAD) software and transposed to machine code to drive the mechanical motion of the build platform and substrate underneath the powder spray and laser optical assembly. 

 

Applications


Fabrication of cladding, nuclear fuels, and structural components from ceramic, metallic, and cermet materials.


  
  
  
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https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/BrandonMiller.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Brandon%20MillerShielded sample preparation area; Shielded optical microscopy
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/JaymonBirch.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Jaymon%20BirchThermal vacuum testing chambers
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/CraigDees.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Craig%20DeesVibration testing
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/KevinGeddes.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Kevin%20GeddesMass properties
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/KatelynWheeler.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Katelyn%20WheelerPrecision gross and isotopic gamma scanning; Instron remote load frame
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/DavidSell.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=David%20SellFission gas measurement and analysis
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/CadChristensen.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Cad%20ChristensenFuel accident condition simulator furnace
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/RandallFielding.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Randall%20FieldingUranium extrusion; Metallic fuel line; Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative glovebox; Glovebox advance casting system furnace; Metallic fuel line; Metallic fuel line
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/CurtisClark.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Curtis%20ClarkUranium handling; Inert-radiological gloveboxes; Uranium handling
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/CoryBrower.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Cory%20BrowerNeptunium repackaging glovebox; Transuranic breakout glovebox
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/DeanPeterman.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Dean%20PetermanCobalt-60 gamma irradiator
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/larryevens.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Larry%20EvensTransuranic surveillance glovebox line; Cell area
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/danieljadernas.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Daniel%20JadernasFEI Quanta 3D FEG dual-beam SEM FIB
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/Jan-FongJue.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Jan-Fong%20JueJEOL JSM-7000f SEM; Gatan precision etching and coating system; Gatan precision ion polishing systems II; Gatan precision ion polishing systems
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/Cheng%20Sun.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Cheng%20SunJEOL JEM 2010 STEM
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/KarenWright.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Karen%20WrightShielded Cameca SX100R EPMA
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/Danielmurray.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Daniel%20MurrayShielded FEI QUANTA 3D FEG
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/lingfenghe.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Lingfeng%20HeFEI Titan ChemiSTEM FEG-STEM
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/mukeshbachhav.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Mukesh%20BachhavShielded FEI Helios dual-beam SEM-plasma FIB
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/KevinTolman.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Kevin%20TolmanX-ray diffraction; Micro X-ray diffractometer
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/fidelmadilemma.JPGhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Fidelma Di LemmaJEOL JSM-7000f SEM
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/CortneyPincock.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Cortney%20PincockInductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/MatthewJones.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Matthew%20JonesInductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometer; Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/MagenColeman.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Magen%20ColemanMulti-collector-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/ScottWilde.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Scott%20WildeGlovebox advance casting system furnace; Hot uniaxial press furnace
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/joeycharboneau.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Joey%20CharboneauGas mass spectrometer; ELTRA CS-800; ELTRA ONH-2000
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/CynthiaAdkins.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Cynthia%20AdkinsTube furnace; Differential scanning calorimeter; Simultaneous thermal analyzer; Pushrod dilatometer; Laser flash analyzer
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/JaredHorkley.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Jared%20HorkleyMass Separator Laboratories
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/LeahSquires.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Leah%20SquiresMicro X-ray diffractometer; X-ray diffraction; Hot uniaxial press furnace
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/VivianCarioni.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Vivian%20Carioni
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/RobertHoover.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Robert%20HooverFuel Cycle Glovebox
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/JCPrice.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=JC%20PriceRemote uranium casting furnace; Cathode processor
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/StevenHerrmann.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Steven%20HerrmannLaboratory-scale molten salt electrorefiner
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/ZacharyRowe.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Zachary%20RoweFume hoods
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/AndrewSmolinski.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Andrew%20Smolinski250 kW TRIGA Neutron Radiography Reactor
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/RobertOBrien.jpghttps://mfc.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Robert%20O%27BrienLaser additive manufacturing
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/ConnorWoolum.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Connor%20WoolumFuel experiment assembly equipment
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/glenpapaioannou.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Glen%20Papaioannou250 kW TRIGA Neutron Radiography Reactor
  
https://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/AaronCraft.jpghttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Aaron%20Craft250 kW TRIGA Neutron Radiography Reactor
  
https://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Corey%20ShannonSpecial nuclear materials glovebox
  
https://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Biography.aspx?Title=Michael%20Rodriquez