Sigma Labs, a provider of quality assurance software, and Materialize, a leading provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software and services, have developed breakthrough technology to improve the scalability of metal additive manufacturing applications. The new platform combines the Materialize control platform and Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D sensor technology to allow users to identify and correct metal construction issues in real time. With increased control over their unique processes, manufacturers can optimize metal additive manufacturing processes for consistency and repeatability, key factors in scaling additive manufacturing operations for mass production.
Metal AM has become a more important part of the manufacturing toolkit for companies in industries such as aerospace, medical devices, automotive and energy to introduce more localized and customizable production. However, a lack of process robustness and repeatability hinders wider adoption of mass production, and the need for post-construction inspection and quality assurance can lead to higher costs compared to manufacturing methods. traditional. The new platform can be adapted to existing 3D printers to improve manufacturing processes or offered as an addition to new machines for metal additive manufacturing.
The Materialize Control Platform (MCP) is an embedded hardware solution that gives end users more control over the AM process. By integrating the MCP with Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D sensor technology, companies have created the ability to identify quality issues and intervene to correct them in real time. This improves metal AM productivity and reduces scrap rates, paving the way for manufacturers to advance their operations and implement metal AM in mass production.
“The platform we’ve developed removes one of the most common barriers for manufacturers interested in using metal additive manufacturing for mass production,” said Materialize CTO Bart van der Schueren. “The platform is open and flexible, allowing manufacturers to take control of their specific processes to fit their unique applications. This allows customers to leverage their expertise and take full advantage of the personalization and localization benefits that AM offers. »
In addition to the platform, Materialize and Sigma Labs will work with end users and machine producers to refine processes for their unique applications. Companies are looking for partners in all industries that want to expand their use of metal AM in series production.
Mark Ruport, President and CEO of Sigma Labs, said: “I am very pleased with our long relationship with Materialize and the close collaboration between our engineering teams. We believe that the combination of the Materialize control platform with Sigma’s real-time weld pool monitoring and analysis software has created a significant breakthrough in the additive manufacturing industry. I look forward to future opportunities to collaborate and find ways to continue to improve the quality and consistency of metal 3D printing as more companies enter production in the years to come.
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