Sigma Labs is in the business of providing quality solutions to their client base involved in 3D printing. These aren’t just any customers though. Sigma works with companies like Honeywell Aerospace, for example, which has a history of over a century in making strides in the aerospace industry, and develops and manufactures products for nearly every type of aircraft you could imagine.
Today, Honeywell is actually the main client that will begin initial testing of Sigma’s new DEFORM software, now ready to launch for beta installations. The first ‘fielded application’ will be happening at Honeywell’s 3D printing facility in Phoenix, as was outlined in part of a larger contract awarded in May. Beta testing will, however, also be available for all Sigma customers who are participating in the Early Adopter Program (EAP).
DEFORM, meant to work as a complement to other software processes, functions as a set of software modules, along with others, within Sigma’s PrintRite3D platform. Software modules can be combined, used independently, or function as ‘third party platform-independent installations.’ DEFORM offers:
- A layer-by-layer geometry tool
- Provisisions for ‘as built’ to what actually ‘should be’ comparisons and capabilities for engineers regarding CAD models
- Optics, mechanical system, and data path to ‘image a 2D melted powder’
- Powerful detection algorithms to verify component geometries
“We are very pleased to announce the launch of our DEFORM software, which complements our existing INSPECT module and further enhances our support of AM applications worldwide,” said Mark Cola, President and CEO of Sigma Labs. “While the product was delayed due to the need for additional development and testing, we are excited to offer a unique tool that uses proprietary, in-process algorithms to generate geometrical property data for each layer of an AM build cycle. Our technology offers real-time, layer-by-layer analysis to ensure compliance to production specifications.”
“The launch of DEFORM–and its first installation, with Honeywell–represents the achievement of a major milestone for the metal AM industry. Sigma Labs is pleased to help pioneer the advancement of In-Process Quality Assurance (IPQA) in this rapidly-evolving space.”
The PrintRite3D lineup, developed by subsidiary B6 Sigma, is meant to provide a comprehensive package for certifying and qualifying metal, high quality components produced via 3D printing. Allowing for all the benefits of 3D printing, Sigma’s client base overall receives greater affordability, quality, efficiency, and speed. Aside from the newly developed DEFORM, the platform offers other software modules such as INSPCT, SENSORPAK, ANALYTICS, and THERMAL.
Expected to be onsite at Honeywell this month, DEFORM will also be shipped to other EAP participants in the future, and will be a major highlight on the tradeshow circuit as Honeywell is represented at numerous upcoming industry events and showcases the software.
The Early Adopter Program, according to Sigma, allows a range of benefits to their 3D printing users, as they are able to obtain objective evidence of compliance to design intent, conduct rapid qualification, and create value through process control and optimization. A popular program, as it continues to draw interest, Sigma expects the EAP to be a good source of revenues for next year.
Sigma Labs, founded by high-level scientists from the world-renowned Los Alamos National Lab, has a dedication to bringing technologies and processes of the future to their clients–and they are able to follow through on this due to decades of experience in the defense, aerospace, and advanced materials industries. Discuss this story in the PrintRite3D forum thread on 3DPB.com.