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Additive Assurance Closes AU$4.1M for 3D Printing Quality Control

Additive Assurance, a metal 3D printing quality assurance startup, has now raised AU$4.1 million ($2.7 million) in early-stage venture capital funding to establish an additive manufacturing quality assurance center of…

New Scan Head Enables In-Process Quality Control for L-PBF Metal 3D Printers

Essential for the next stage of additive manufacturing’s (AM) industrialization is the development in-process, closed-loop quality assurance (QA). As one of the few firms solely dedicated to this trend, Sigma Additive…

Stratasys Targets 3D Printing Automation with Riven Purchase and New Post-Processing Tech

Two features crucial to the next phase of additive manufacturing’s (AM) evolution are automation and quality control. Tackling both of these trends from a software and hardware standpoint, Stratasys (NASDAQ:…

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How Glidewell’s Micro-CT Scanner is Advancing Additive Manufacturing Workflows

Glidewell, the largest privately owned dental lab in the U.S., is poised to commercialize its proprietary micro-CT scanner for use in other industries. The California-based company has worked diligently to…

$35M Drives CT Scanning Firm Lumafield in Series B Round

Startup Lumafield emerged from stealth mode replete with funding and an innovative CT scanner that was purportedly safer and easier to use than others. Now, the firm has secured a $35…

EOS Teams with ORNL to Improve Metal 3D Printing Quality Control

German powder bed fusion (PBF) original equipment manufacturer (OEM) EOS has inked a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Energy in order to conduct a…

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: May 1st, 2022

We’ve got another busy week of webinars and events ahead! 3D Systems has multiple offerings, while Stratasys continues its Experience Tour, Formlabs hosts The Digital Factory in Boston, and Nexa3D…

AI Software Brings Smart Quality Control to 3D Printing

A startup out of Purdue University, dubbed Araqev, is using machine learning (ML) to improve quality assurance (QA) for 3D printing. Started by Arman Sabbaghi, an associate professor in Purdue’s…

Stealth CT Startup Lumafield Could Aid 3D Printing Quality Assurance

Startup Lumafield emerged from stealth mode and announced that is has over $32 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins, DCVC, Tony Fadell, Jason Calacanis´ Launch and Lux for its computed…

Sigma Labs’ 3D Printing QA Software Now Available for Polymers

Sigma Labs, Inc. makes PrintRite3D, an in-process quality assurance (QA) monitoring suite of software used with metal powder bed fusion (PBF). The solution allows users to track and find errors,…

3D Printing News Briefs, November 27, 2021: Sustainability, Metal 3D Printing, & More

In this edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with stories from Aleph Farms and Orbex regarding their efforts to keep our planet healthy by, respectively, working towards net…

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The Important Relationship Between Quality Management Systems and Additive Manufacturing

According to the American Society of Quality, a Quality Management System (QMS) is defined as “a formalized system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving quality and regulatory policies…

Process Monitoring – the Future of Quality Assurance for Additive Manufacturing?

In-Process monitoring is the stepping-stone for AM parts not only to validate the process but also to minimize the need of post-process quality control. Currently, in highly regulated industries such…

3D Printing News Briefs, June 20, 2021

We’ve got a lot of research to share with you today, starting with a study on scattering-aware color 3D printing and then a project with the goal of optimizing 3D…

Riven Announces Quick Re-Scaling Tool for Addressing Distortions in 3D Printed Parts

After developing a unique quality control package, Riven has expanded its capabilities for producing quality parts with 3D printing. The company’s new re-scaling tool automatically re-scales models for 3D printed…

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3D Printed Poka-Yoke is a Gateway Drug for 3D Printing

Recently, 3NTR‘s Davide Ardizzoia mentioned “poka-yoke” in a LinkedIn comment about a vacuum forming post I wrote. It inspired me to reconsider just how Lockout Tag Out (LOTO) tooling could…

DMG MORI Chooses Sigma Labs for Monitoring SLM Metal 3D Printing

As metal 3D printing enters a new phase in which quality control is crucial for the industrialization of the technology, we have seen a slew of developments related to overcoming…

Additive Assurance Mounts Quality Control Offensive Against Metal 3D Printing Defects

For years, metal additive manufacturing (AM) has been sitting on the bench, prepping to get into the production game. Most coaches just haven’t seen the technology as quite ready for…

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AI & Camera Monitoring of 3D Printed Electronics for Quality Assurance

Since 2009, Neotech AMT GmbH, based in Nuremburg, Germany, has been working to develop technologies for 3D printing electronics, and several years ago combined Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) with its…

Ensuring Metal Additive Manufacturing Part Quality with Pre-Build Calibration

Real-time monitoring systems and post-print data analysis are much talked about subjects when discussing quality assurance in metal additive manufacturing (AM aka 3D printing) these days. But an often-overlooked aspect…

Connecting at Formnext Connect, Part Two: Cellulose, QA, and DLP for PBF 3D Printing

The industry’s biggest trade show made the crucial decision to take its world-renowned event and host it online, potentially disrupting countless networking opportunities and business deals. Given the fact that…

TÜV SÜD Completes First Combined Audit in 3D Printing Industry

The TÜV SÜD Group was founded in 1866 specifically as a steam boiler inspection association, but over the years, the German testing and certification organization has broadened its focus to…

Sigma Labs’ First Contract for Newest 3D Printing Quality Control Software Goes to Coherent

Headquartered in New Mexico, Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) is one of the best-known developers of commercial in-process quality assurance (IPQA) software for additive manufacturing of metals. The company’s PrintRite3D…

Japan: Real-Time Tumor Tracking & Quality Assurance with 3D Printed Phantoms & Moving Robotic Platform

Researchers from Yamaguchi University in Japan enrolled three lung cancer patients in a study about their work assessing a dynamic moving phantom system that can reproduce patient anatomy and 3D…