3D Printer Impact Testing

Verifying 3D Printers through Impact Testing

At ARL, we’ve written at length about the importance of testing your 3D printed products, usually from an end-use perspective. In this case, however, we’re focusing on how 3D print testing can be used to validate and verify additive manufacturing equipment.  



SabeRex, Austin Reliability Lab’s sister company, wanted to evaluate a 3D printer they were considering purchasing. 




Austin Reliability Labs and its other sister company TekRex co-conducted ASTM testing on the 3D printer in question. It was determined that ARL and TekRex would validate the printer’s effectiveness by testing samples printed in a variety of materials on the printer via Gardner impact and tensile testing.   

To give the 3D printer a reference to compare against, SabeRex printed comparable specimen samples in various materials from their flagship Carbon M2 printer.  



The tensile testing showed relatively non-interesting results while the impact testing showed very interesting results.   

Ultimately, it was determined that the new printer in question did not meet the material requirements and the purchase was not completed. 

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Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that goes into the design and development of your product and want to find any problems in an effort to perfect it. We also understand a reputation is something that builds over time, so we focus on establishing long-term partnerships with each of our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order to maximize your product’s success. In addition to our on-site staffing and consulting services, ARL’s full array of reliability testing services include: HALT / HASS, Battery Life Tests, Qualification Tests, Environmental Tests, Mechanical Tests, Additive Manufacturing Tests and Custom Tests.

We believe quality is infused by finding every flaw in a product and methodically removing each one until the product shines. As a result, only a thorough, comprehensive reliability test program, as provided by ARL, will allow a product to emerge that will earn or maintain an unsullied and clean brand reputation.