Phase3D, a startup based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which creates real-time inspection technology for powder-based Additive Manufacturing, announced a collaboration with Materialise, Leuven, Belgium. The companies intend to integrate Phase3D’s Project Fringe, an in-situ inspection system for AM, into Materialise Process Control software solution.
Materialise Process Control allows AM users to analyse and correlate layer data from the Additive Manufacturing process, enabling them to identify defective parts before they are sent to post-processing and quality inspection. It provides access to technology-agnostic process monitoring for metal AM and makes it possible to combine data from different monitoring systems. Phase3D’s solution, Project Fringe, will help AM users gain further insights into their build process and automate quality control.
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Project Fringe is a proprietary structured light technology that measures any powder-based AM process. The real-time data creates detailed measurements for where and when a build anomaly occurs. Project Fringe presents data in 3D, enabling users to see a multitude of build anomalies in real-time.
Niall O’Dowd, Founder and CEO of Phase3Ds, stated, “We are excited to offer Project Fringe, our flagship hardware/software inspection technology, to Materialise customers through this collaboration. Real-time inspection using rapid height measurement technology can reduce the cost per part in 3D printing.”
Phase3D collaboration with Materialise allows their customers to combine Project Fringe’s in-situ inspection technology with Materialise Process Control as part of CO-AM, Materialise’s end-to-end software platform for Additive Manufacturing, and as a standalone software solution.
Bart Van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise concluded, “Materialise Process Control uses artificial intelligence to automate quality control, helping our customers save significant time and money. Through collaborations with Phase3D, AM users benefit from a technology-agnostic innovation that offers unparalleled insights into their 3D printing process. AM users benefit from a technology-agnostic innovation that offers unparalleled insights into their 3D printing process for continuous improvement.”