Sigma Labs, Inc., Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, which provides quality assurance software under the PrintRite3D® brand, will launch the newest configuration of its PrintRite3D software during Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, November 13–16, 2018.
The updated software incorporates PrintRite3D Sensorpak® 4.0 hardware and PrintRite3D Inspect® 4.0 software. Using the new Sensorpak 4.0 hardware requires no sensors within the build chamber; all sensors are now said to be coaxial to the laser optics, eliminating concerns over gas flow disruptions or space limitations inside the build chamber.
In addition, Sigma Labs’ new client-server architecture enables multiple machines to be connected to the system as clients on one server, and upgraded data acquisition and data processing hardware provide faster processing of data, with the results now displayed in real-time during the build.
New features of the Inspect 4.0 software include melt pool spectral data evaluation capability. Sigma Labs states that it has developed a physics-based methodology for characterising and analysing spectral data and optimising optics hardware and sensors to monitor spectral regions of interest and validate thermal signatures of interest.
New tools have been incorporated which allow the measurement and reporting of melt pool relative temperature as well as Thermal Energy Planck (TEP) in-process quality metric, used for thermal signature identification. This is expected to be of benefit to customers seeking to identify the thermal signatures of process anomalies and their coordinate locations.
John Rice, CEO of Sigma Labs, stated, “Our latest PrintRite3D suite of products presents a significant value proposition to OEMs and manufacturers, as it is designed to increase production yield of 3D metal manufactured parts and to shorten time to market, removing a major hurdle that has been affecting manufacturers.”
“We believe our IPQA® technology is transformational and our team looks forward to demonstrating at Formnext how Sigma Labs is bringing the industry from prototype to industrialised manufacturing,” he concluded.