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Sherpa Shorts: Tensile Testing

Sherpa Shorts is our new video series featuring Martin Johnson, Executive Vice President of TyRex and additive manufacturing expert. The series is called Sherpa Shorts because like a Sherpa who leads someone up a mountain, our job is to help lead you up your own 3D printing mountain. We will focus on 10 areas that we have found to be critical to success if you’re interested in additive manufacturing, including materials, machines, production choices, design, engineering, and safety.

Why should TyRex be your Sherpa guide? We have experience with over 15 types of 3D printers, including fused filament fabrication, stereolithography, digital light processing, as well as digital light synthesis (such as the Carbon M2). Each printer is unique in its characteristics, how you design for printing on that particular printer, and what you would use those prints for, and we can help you with the success of your additive manufacturing journey.

Check out our first Sherpa Shorts videos below!

Tensile Testing is a fundamental materials science test in which a sample is subjected to a controlled tension until failure. Why is tensile testing important? Tensile testing your material ensures quality control and is vital to product integrity, especially during the additive manufacturing process.

Many different factors contribute to the material characteristics of your part or product and are important to consider during manufacturing. For example, PLA filament from two different companies can have different specifications for tensile strength due to factors such as formula and process differences. Print orientation also can change tensile strength, and could have an impact on product integrity.

For additional information on how ARL can help with all your additive manufacturing needs, please feel free to contact our team for testing, our sister company SabeRex for production, or TekRex for design and development.

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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.