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In-Process AM Quality Assurance System Launched

Sigma Labs, developer of quality assurance software for the commercial 3D metal printing industry, has launched its newest product, the PrintRite3D Lite In-Process Quality Assurance system for which it was awarded its first contract from Coherent, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial, and industrial customers. The PrintRite3D Lite IPQA system was designed and developed specifically to fulfill the need for melt pool quality monitoring for the small, compact, entry level machines being used in industrial small lot production, R & D and academia.

The latest addition to the PrintRite3D suite of products, PrintRite3D Lite features Sigma’s patented and proven TED (Thermal Energy Density) metric only for use in applications that do not require the full feature PrintRite3D solution. The less complex, smaller footprint, lower price point product provides users of entry level machines the ability to monitor and validate melt pool thermal conditions gaining valuable insights to part design and manufacturing.

According to Markus Wolf, R&D Manager at the Coherent site in Dieburg, Germany, “Like all companies that serve the additive manufacturing space, our objective is to help our customers improve throughput while reducing costly errors. Because of its ease-of-use and ability to validate thermal models in combination with thermal measurement, the new PrintRite3D Lite system from Sigma Labs gives us valuable insights to part design and manufacturing.”

According to Mark Ruport, President and CEO of Sigma Labs, “We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new PrintRite3D Lite product as we begin implementation on the Coherent CREATOR metal 3D printer. PrintRite3D Lite is a great solution for 3D metal printing companies and end-user manufacturers that do not require the full functionality of PrintRite3D and increases our addressable market. PrintRite3D Lite will be available for OEM licensing as well as third party retrofit installations.”

Added Todd Grimm, President of T. A. Grimm & Associates, “The output from PrintRite3D Lite provides insights and answers, in real time, to what was previously unknown. These insights and enhanced visibility allow companies to quantify, qualify and characterize the metal additive manufacturing (“AM”) process. This strengthens metal AM, adding predictability and control, which are much needed in production processes. Sigma Labs is a pioneer in AM in-process quality monitoring, and the new addition to their product line will meet user needs and enable further industry advancements.”

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