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3D scanning and 3D printing AlSi10Mg single crystal mounts for neutron scattering...

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We present methods to quantify sample shapes and generate sample mounts as motivated by the needs of neutron scattering experiments. The 3D sample scanning was performed using photogrammetry and laser scanning, and a comparison is made between the two techniques. The aluminum alloy AlSi10Mg is shown to have favorable properties for many types of mounts used in neutron scattering. Parts were first prototyped with 3D plastic printers, and then, 3D AlSi10Mg prints were made. The final additively manufactured part holds the sample with more points of contact than is possible with traditional manufacturing. The goodness of fit between the mount and sample was measured by x-ray tomography.