The present study is aimed at determining the local density of components made by fused deposition modeling (FDM) through non-destructive indentation tests. An experimental campaign was performed to assess such a relationship. Specimens were made varying the amount of material flow and the direction of deposition. The specimen’s dimension and weight were measured to determine the average density. The internal porosity due to uncomplete filling produced due to the deposition process was also assessed through cross-sectioning. Instrumented indentation tests were conducted on the samples to determine a relationship between the density and the slopes during the loading and unloading phases. The tests were performed using flat cylindrical indenters of different diameters. The results indicated that the density of the specimens was strongly influenced by the adopted material flow and the orientation during deposition. An empirical relationship was determined between the slopes measured during indentation tests and the density. Such a relationship is independent of the deposition orientation. The optimized procedure represents a valuable tool to determine the local density of components made by fused deposition modeling through non-destructive indentation tests.
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