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ZEISS and ORNL introduce fast, automated print parameter qualification solution at RAPID + TCT 2021

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Sept. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ZEISS will feature a new additive manufacturing solution service, ParAM (Parameter for Additive Manufacturing), at The RAPID + TCT Event in Chicago, IL. Print parameters are at the heart of additive manufacturing to produce defect-free parts. The ability to print with a new material, adapt to change in powder characteristics, and increase print speed by increasing layer thickness to even placement of parts on the build plate are dictated by optimum print parameters.

ZEISS and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), working together at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility—a Department of Energy national user facility at ORNL—are developing a novel, fully automated solution to comprehensively evaluate a set of parameters in less than 12 hours.

"Our goal is for the user to start with a design of experiments, print coupons and evaluate best print parameters from the design of experiments plan in the same day, so they are ready to print parts the next morning," said Pradeep Bhattad, product manager for ZEISS ParAM, a rapid parameter qualification solution.

According to Ryan Dehoff, section head for secure and digital manufacturing at ORNL, "Currently only a handful of alloys are qualified for printing and the majority of these are used in conventional manufacturing. However, there is tremendous benefit in developing and qualifying novel alloys specifically designed for additive manufacturing. The current challenge is the qualification process and technologies that can accelerate the development of new materials are critical."

ZEISS ParAM, using its unique test design and evaluation workflow, makes it a versatile solution for multiple applications. Examples include evaluating parameters to print defect-free parts with a change in powder quality or a degree of recycling, developing print parameters for thicker powder layers, qualification of a build envelope, evaluating or compensating for a laser performance in multi-laser systems, and creating a parameter to print deformation-free parts. One or a combination of these parameter optimizations can help reduce the build failure rate and make additive manufacturing processes reliable, while reducing the cost per part.

To learn more about ZEISS ParAM, please visit booth # E8601 during RAPID + TCT 2021 in Chicago, attend the October 21 webinar, or contact us at

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 6.3 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2020).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 32,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions
ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include coordinate measuring machines, optical and multisensor systems, microscopy systems for industrial quality assurance as well as metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the portfolio. In addition, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions offers a broad global spectrum of customer services with ZEISS Quality Excellence Centers close to its customers. The company is headquartered in Oberkochen. Production and development sites outside Germany are located in Minneapolis in the USA, Shanghai (China) and Bangalore (India). ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. ORNL's diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. UT-Battelle LLC manages ORNL for DOE's Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE's Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit

SOURCE Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, LLC

For further information: ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions, Janelle Dahl, Phone: (763) 744-2409, Email: