- Sigma Labs Inc.’s principal product PrintRite3D reduces or even eliminates need for costly inspections, unmatched in industry
- PrintRite3D third party independent quality assurance ensures compliance and certification with emerging standards
- Risk reduction, product safety and cyber security delivered through PrintRIte3D process management and optimization
- Global leader Airbus evaluating Sigma for use in serial production processes, major OEMs express similar interest
The nascent 3D metal printing industry is on the verge of radically altering the way critical components are created. 3D printing, heralded as the 4th industrial revolution in manufacturing, will only truly surpass traditional techniques when the additive manufacturing industry moves from “post process” quality control to “in process” quality assurance. For the industry to move from prototype manufacturing of critical components to commercial production, the 3D printing industry must find ways to dramatically lower the cost of Quality Control and simultaneously increase the speed of production. To achieve these prerequisites, 3D parts must be inspected, and certified while being made, not after.
Sigma Labs Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) has established a game-changing paradigm shift in the process of 3D manufacturing of critical components with its patented, third party validated PrintRite3D system. No other company’s product or process can deliver “actionable process data” as a critical quality control ingredient in the manufacturing of metal parts (http://ibn.fm/pXaUT). Sigma’s PrintRite3D provides a simple, fast, intuitive user interface and versatility in its ease-of-use for technicians of all skill ranges, from mechanical engineers to machine operators.
Sigma’ PrintRite3D, is a real-time computer-aided inspection solution for 3D advanced metal manufacturing technologies. PrintRite3D eliminates the current costly and time-consuming inspection process by ensuring quality control in the manufacturing process, delivering unique quality anomaly detection. The product identifies compliant and noncompliant parts to exacting quality control metrics set by the user for specific parts and metals. Sigma’s products offer significant advantages to end users as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). PrintRite3D tracks the performance of each machine using advanced melt pool quality metrics by control chart monitoring to provide early warning of changes in machine performance. Resulting in x-rays and post process inspections being minimized and even eliminated, saving time, money and ultimately increasing production yield. Sigma is delivering the solutions long sought by the 3D printing industry and fueling the transition to a new manufacturing revolution.
Not only does the PrintRite3D eliminate the need for costly, time-intensive inspections, but it has also been independently validated as an important, high-confidence mechanism to ensure compliance and certification of 3D manufactured parts. The highly regarded Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) studied Sigma’s technology (http://ibn.fm/XZb59) and found it to “ensure process consistency and product quality in metal additive manufacturing.” The study also recognized the technology’s capability to monitor the manufacturing equipment’s health, and—importantly—noted that it can be used as a mechanism to certify quality and components.
This third-party validation of the PrintRite3D is critical, as the 3D printing industry currently lacks consistent design rules or standards to ensure comprehensive quality control across the board. Moreover, the build process involved in 3D printing contains various adjustable inputs, each directly impacting the quality of the completed part. Current methods to determine whether a part meets quality assurance standards—destructive testing and CT scanning—are expensive, time-consuming, labor intensive and inconsistent in accuracy. Sigma’s PrintRite3-D offers a level of quality control that is unmatched in the industry while allowing companies to sidestep current costly and moribund quality control processes.
Sigma Labs is disrupting 3D printing’s status quo – no other product has proven capable of what the PrintRite3D delivers. In an industry riddled with issues of unpredictability, design malfunctions, and anomalies, Sigma’s revolutionary patented technology (http://ibn.fm/Nu6Xp) allows customers to “identify signatures of precursors of intermittent quality anomalies…specific to a design and metal but [that] only occur unpredictably.” Sigma has set a new industry standard – no other competitor can match its ability to comprehensively ensure quality at a reduced cost in the industrial additive manufacturing of metal parts.
To attract customers with a “drive before you buy” proposition, Sigma initiated a Rapid Test and Evaluation program (RTE) with several major companies. One of the more noteworthy was Materialise, a company active in the field of additive manufacturing and winner of the 2019 award for Factory of the Future (http://ibn.fm/0a7G2). Shortly after the RTE test results, Materialise integrated Sigma’s technology with its MCP control system. Other major OEMs in the trial RTE phase have reported similar stellar results, in fact, one client expects to install a second PrintRite3D and another to plans enter the phase two evaluation period. Based on the positive feedback, Sigma has an optimistic outlook on its RTE program’s ability to continue building momentum and attracting significant OEMs in the space.
As Sigma’s notoriety for industry changing innovation spreads, large players in the space are taking notice and enlisting its services. Sigma was recently selected by Airbus and is evaluating its processes. Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space, and related services, and Sigma is excited that its 3D advanced manufacturing technology is now being evaluated and considered at such a prestigious level by one of the most recognized names in global aeronautics. Multiple large scale OEM machine manufacturers have signaled keen interest in Sigma’s products, and a global leader in machinery selected Sigma to evaluate its technology in two international markets (http://ibn.fm/zSLIu).
Sigma anticipates its RTE program to be a major revenue driver into 2020 and beyond. If current trends continue, revenues could exceed all expectations as Sigma becomes more fully integrated into 3D printing processes.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SigmaLabsInc.com
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