EOS270 Metal Laser Sintering Machine

This 3D printer technology is the future of manufacturing. TiDA is currently offering selective laser melting of Titanium powder and Stainless Steel powder, on one of the few metal laser sintering machines available for use. The advantage of laser sintering is you can make a prototype quickly and actually use and test it. This enables small scale manufacturing to prove a concept.

This system can produce exceptionally complicated pieces and opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Chamber size is 275 x 275 x 345.  back to top

AM250 SLM Machine

The Renishaw AM250 SLM machine was commissioned in May 2015 to meet the growing demand for SLM production pieces.  This machine runs primarily in Inconel 718, with the build size 245mm x  245mm x 280mm and enables a third alloy powder to be offered.



Metal Injection moulding Furnace

The Sintering and Debinding Furnace, the first commercial Debinding machine of it's kind in New Zealand, was installed at TiDA in mid 2012. The capacity of the furnace is 1000 x 500 x 450mm (L x W x H).

The critical missing component in metal injection moulding is the thermal debinding and sintering equipment. The furnace is capable of creating Vacuum / argon / nitrogen and hydrogen enviroments at a temperature up to 1600oC (H2=900oC). The furnace is also used for heat treatment where controlled enviroments are required. back to top

SLM 3D Printing Machine

This Selective Laser Machine was installed in mid 2013.  It is a Fibre Laser driven Additive Manufacturing System which produces homogeneous metal components with a density of up to 99.9% using powder base materials. The geometry of the component is built layer by layer using a 3D-CAD data file.  The Chamber size is 280mm x 280mm x 350mm.


ZEISS Scanning Electron Microscope

This microscope features high resolution imaging and fine element analysis via EDS. Used to accurately view grain boundaries and crystal structure with x-ray diffraction spectometry (EDS - Oxford) and electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD - Nordlys). The chamber size can scan parts up to 300mm diameter, 210mm high and up to 5kg - it’s the largest chamber in the country.back to top 




Instron Universal Testing Machine

This machine tests tensile, bend, and compression. This machine has a certified testing range of 250kN (25 tonne) to 5kN (500kg). It’s the tallest testing machine in the country therefore we are able to test longer samples up to 1m in length. back to top




X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis is a widely used method of elemental analysis providing both qualitative and quantitative compositional information. Among its advantages are the wide range of measurable elements covering nearly the entire periodic system. X-ray fluorescence is the emission of fluorescent X-rays from a material that has been excited by bombarding with high-energy X-rays or gamma rays. This is widely used for elemental analysis and chemical analysis, particularly in the investigation of metals, ceramics and oxides. back to top



Fritsch Laser Particle Sizer

This state-of-the-art equipment accurately measures the distribution of particle sizes within any powder. The measuring range is from 80nm (.08 microns) to 2mm (2000 microns).
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Buehler Inverted Metallographic Microscope

Complete with image analysis software. Objects can be held above the microscope instead of underneath it which means there are few limitations when it comes to size. back to top



Mitutoyo Roughness Measurement

Automatic roughness measuring system in Ra, Ry, Rz & Rq 4back to top



Buehler Micro Hardness Testing

This machine tests in Vickers & Knoop converting to Rockwell C and also automatically converts to most other hardness measuring systems. back to top



Wilson Macro Testing

This machine tests in Rockwell C.back to top