Sigma Labs & Fraunhofer initiate R&D Collaboration

John Rice, CEO of Sigma Labs, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Emmelmann, Managing Director of Fraunhofer IAPT.

Sigma Labs Inc, a provider of quality assurance software under the PrintRite3D® brand, and the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies (IAPT), based in Hamburg, Germany, have announced a collaborative research and development agreement, focusing on the industrialization of additive manufacturing.

The aim of this collaboration is to test and validate the use of the PrintRite3D system to identify and quantify machine and process inconsistencies as well as flag defect thermal signatures during the laser melting process, and correlate them to CT scan results. Ultimately, this will allow users to reduce scrap, increase productivity and reduce post-process inspection costs.

As part of the agreement, the existing PrintRite3D system at Fraunhofer IAPT in Hamburg, Germany, will be upgraded.