AMP Lab Equipment

The lab is home to a range of state-of-the-art metals deposition and joining technologies, and is well instrumented for data capture of critical process parameters for both research and development and statistical process control evaluations for qualification.

Major Equipment

Friction Stir Welding

ISTIR 10 Friction Stir Welding 5-axis System

5-axis Motion with add'l forge and pin actuation for self-reacting and retractable pin tool welding. 7-axis force monitoring. Working envelope: 39” x 120” x 48” (X,Y,Z); Tool Rotation: 200-2000 rpm; Max. Forge Force: 20,000 lbs

Laser Powder Deposition

MTS/Optomec 3kW Laser Powder Deposition Sys.

This is a custom LENS based system using a TRUMPF 3kW Nd-YAG laser, and options for 3-6 axis, in or out of chamber, and 3-D printing or cladding, and internal bores to 2 in. 

Cold Spray High Pressure

VRC Gen III Cold Spray High Pressure System

With the option for hand-held operation, and the capability to reach 1000 psi and 900 C, this system can do a lot.  


Riftec/HFW Refill Friction Stir Spot Welder

Refill Spot Welding system with 1-axis weld head. Produces flush, fatigue resistant friction stir spot welds. Material thicknesses up to 3/16” thick.

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Kurt J. Lesker Company PRO Line PVD 200 Thin Film Deposition System

304SS box chamber (19.25” wide x 20.5” deep x 24” high), Automated process control, Confocal sputter-up geometry, 4x 3” diameter magnetron sputtering sources, HiPIMS, DC, pulsed DC, 800C substrate heater, 4x process gas mass flow controllers

VDK 6000

VDK 6000 Laser Deposition System

Advanced 6-axis motion system with CAD-to-Motion control using a Flexible Robotic Environment™ and a tool holder for both additive and subtractive, as well as inspection tools.

Other Equipment

  • Ultrasonic Spot Welder
  • Plasma Wire Deposition
  • Salt Fog

Supporting Equipment

  • FARO Metrology Arm
  • ASTM G-65 Dry Sand Abrasion Tester
  • Anton Par Tribometer
  • MTS 5.5 & 50 kip Load Frames
  • Data Acquisition
  • Surface Profilometer
  • Conductivity Meter
  • Maxiem 1530 Water Jet
  • Kent Mill

Other Equipment Available at South Dakota Mines

Experimental Mining & Experiment Station
Composites & Polymer Engineering Lab
Materials & Metallurgical Engineering Department
Mechanical Engineering Department

Lab Safety

Lab Safety Information