Sigma Labs, Inc., a provider of Additive Manufacturing quality assurance software headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, will partner with Airbus to complete a test and evaluation programme for Sigma Labs’ new PrintRite3D® version 5.0 hardware and software. This will be followed by a validation phase on a Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) Additive Manufacturing system.
According to Sigma Labs, the test and evaluation program will demonstrate the capabilities of its new PrintRite3D Inspect 5.0 and In-Process Quality Assurance (IPQA) to ensure process quality by identifying process defect thermal signatures.
The company states that, as part of the test and evaluation programme, it will provide PrintRite3D IPQA system and services including hardware, software, training, engineering and metallurgical consulting and support services to demonstrate its ability to monitor and characterise material, machine process and the production consistency and repeatability of Additive Manufacturing operations.
John Rice, Chairman and CEO of Sigma Labs, stated, “We are honoured and indeed feel very privileged to have our In-Process Quality Assurance tools as well as engineering staff engaged with Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer.”
“PrintRite3D Inspect 5.0 provides the market with a user-friendly experience to rapidly qualify an AM metal machine for serial production, and then, in the course of continuous production runs, to be able to warn process engineers of ‘signature’ precursors of process discontinuities and thus enable them to extract actionable data to restore the process,” he continued.
“Our industry appears to be accelerating in its sophisticated quality requirements including highly accurate and economic third-party quality assurance. We at Sigma have committed ourselves to meet that need.”