Sigma Additive Solutions, headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, has announced that it has formalised its programme of working with universities, research labs, government organisations and industrial companies in the AcGovDustrial Network. This programme is intended to provide a platform to improve collaboration related to in-situ monitoring and real-time analysis for quality assurance, certification and qualification of additively manufactured parts.
Under Sigma Additive Solutions’ programme, members will receive discounts on Sigma’s PrintRite3D® technology, direct access to Sigma’s engineering resources, collaboration on government-funded projects and programs, input to product features & requirements, early access to Sigma’s Alpha & Beta programmes, as well as other benefits. The intent is to cultivate a community focused on validating the efficacy of AM for production and instilling confidence in the quality of additively manufactured parts.
“Sigma began its life as a laboratory engaged in research and development of 3D metal printing technology and has a long history of working with universities, research labs, and standards organisations alongside our industrial customers,” stated Jacob Brunsberg, Chief Executive Officer. “We are placing more structure around this activity and packaging it in such a way that it makes adoption and implementation much easier for our allies in the R&D community. These organisations are at the leadership edge and are crucial to the rapid adoption and scalability of Additive Manufacturing.”
Steve Immel, Sigma’s Senior Director of Business Development and AcGovDustrial Initiatives, added, “Manufacturers are interested in implementing AM for production applications, but often need to validate print technologies, verify processes, launch pilot projects, and justify the capital expenses, manpower, resources, real estate, and more.”
“Furthermore,” he continued, “they need to ensure confidence at various levels of their organisations that additively manufactured parts are as good as, if not superior to those that are traditionally manufactured. In-situ monitoring and analytics can assist with this, but the challenge has been that the various players in the ecosystem weren’t aware of who had what capabilities, expertise, specialisations, budgets, resources, and project solicitations. This network will help to identify these variables, create a community, and connect key stakeholders.”
There are five members of the Sigma Additive AcGovDustrial Network from academic institutions, while government, consortia, and industrial memberships are in process. Sigma is offering increased discounts to new members to jumpstart collaboration within and across the network. Further information on, and registration to, the programme is available here.