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Excerpt from section 5.7: Quality
(DGIwire) – Are 3D-printed metal parts high-quality enough to be safely used in aerospace vehicles? According to a survey conducted by DesignNews, some engineers have had doubts that additive manufacturing (AM) processes can produce components with good-enough mechanical properties. This is in spite of successful tests by NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne on rocket engine parts, the U.S.
(DGIwire) – Imagine paying a visit to an auto dealership, specifying a set of custom features for a new car, and having the dealer use 3D printing to fabricate them right there on the lot. Sound fanciful? It’s one future scenario raised in a recent article in IEEE Spectrum on potential new directions for 3D printing in the automotive industry.
Sigma Labs President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Cola spoke with NASDAQ's Bradley Smith on their show Behind The Bell, hosted on Facebook Live after ringing the stock market's Opening Bell on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Link to the entire video: https://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ/videos/10154976542312429/
(DGIwire) – For anyone undergoing orthopedic surgery, a common concern is a complication called aseptic loosening.
Arizona State University (ASU) are opening the ‘largest Additive Manufacturing facility in the South West‘. Located at the Polytechnic campus, the 15,000 sq ft facility will use 3D printing machines for a wide range of research and prototyping purposes.
The University have partnered with Concept Laser, Honeywell Aerospace and Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) in order to establish the facility which will be officially opened later this month.
By a lot of measures, 2016 was a tough year.
Celebrity deaths aside, New Mexico didn't get through the year unscathed. The Land of Enchantment ended the year with the second-highest unemployment in the country at 6.7 percent for the third month in a row. And the state faces a $69 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year and could face a deficit of more than half a billion dollars next year.
Quality assurance is obviously a vitally important component of any industry, but it’s especially critical for the defense sector – along with timely production.
(DGIwire) – In late 2015, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia, met a patient who suffered from a form of cancer called chordroma, according to a Mashable report.
The patient had a tumor in a particularly inaccessible location: two vertebrae at the top of the neck involved in rotation of the head. Previously, there had been few attempts to treat this type of tumor surgically due to the high risk involved.
Sigma Labs of Santa Fe, New Mexico have announced a new contract with Honeywell Aerospace. The project extends work with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as part of the Open Manufacturing (OM) program. Sigma Labs were founded in 2005 by scientists from the renowned Los Alamos National Lab.
Valued at $400k, the contract will see Sigma Labs continue to work on their PrintRite3D® technology. Mark Cola, President and CEO of Sigma Labs explains,
Sigma Labs, the Santa Fe-based provider of quality assurance software PrintRite3D, has just won Phase III of the prestigious DARPA OM award and secured a new contract with Honeywell Aerospace.
The third and final phase of the program is slated to begin before year’s end, and will continue through to mid-2018. In the meantime, Sigma Labs can look forward to its hefty new contract with Honeywell Aerospace, worth approximately $400,000.
(DGIwire) – When a 53-year-old man came to Health Care Global in Bangalore, India, complaining of a mouth ulcer, at first that’s all the doctors found, according to 3DPrint.com. As he had been treated for tongue cancer two years previously, however, an MRI was taken, and the results weren’t good—the tumor had returned and was much more extensive than anyone expected.
Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s largest creative community using 3D printing. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite broadband modems. Peter is from the Netherlands and moved to New York in 2010.
What Will The Impact Of 3D Printing 20 Be Years From Now?
As we continue to look back to Frankfurt and the incredible amount of news relayed from formnext, it’s easy to see in the rearview mirror that the conference certainly lived up to its high hopes of becoming a go-to event for industry professionals involved in additive manufacturing.
On this week’s edition of “3D Printing: The Stories We Missed This Week,” we’ve got a whole array of stories from around the industry, from pizza-delivering drones to startup challenge winners. For starters, the Chinese global technology company Shining 3D became an official supporter of MyMiniFactory’s “Scan the World” initiative. Sigma Labs entered a partnership with Sweden-based Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB to install and evaluate PrintRite3D INSPECT on a metal 3D printer.
Sigma Labs just signed a deal to work with one of the giants in the 3-D printing space.
The Santa Fe-based company announced Monday it is signing a contract to work with Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB of Sweden.
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Sigma Labs’ In-Process Quality Assurance method measures part integrity and geometry to increase productivity.
By Mark J. Cola
The 3-D printing market is massive — worth nearly $16 billion this year and expected to grow to $36 billion by 2020, according to some estimates.
Three-dimensional printing is transformative technology with the ability to manufacture articles within microns of tolerances, and it is changing the way that companies prototype, produce and manufacture.
3DPI asked industry experts for their initial reaction to GE’s $1.4 billion tender to takeover 3D printing businesses SLM Solutions Group AG and the Arcam Group AB.
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(DGIwire) – Imagine being able to produce bone implants, dentures or surgical tools in almost any conceivable design. This scenario came closer to reality in April 2016 when researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany unveiled a new additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) method at the Medtec medical technology show in Stuttgart.
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Lately, we’ve been paying a lot of attention to Sigma Labs, developer of non-destructive quality inspection systems for advanced manufacturing technologies, including metal 3D printing. Last month we chatted with Murray Williams, the company’s newly appointed CFO, who shared with us his vision for Sigma Labs’ continuing influence on the metal additive manufacturing industry.
Is the 3D printing revolution picking up steam? When glancing at figures and market projections, you certainly get that idea. Especially demand from professional clients (for high quality 3D printing prototyping and even end-use production) has been skyrocketing, convincing experts to change their long term projections.