Sigma Labs entered into a technology development agreement with 3DSIM to pursue commercial metal additive-manufacturing (AM) software opportunities for rapid qualification and part certification. Santa Fe, N.M.-based Sigma Labs develops and engineers advanced, in-process, nondestructive quality inspection systems for metal-based additive manufacturing or 3D printing. 3DSIM of Park City, Utah, is a provider of simulation software for metal AM processes.

The companies believe their solutions are complementary and ultimately serve to enable the ability to fully certify AM-manufactured parts and reliably print them on demand.

Dr. Brent Stucker, CEO of 3DSIM, said, “We look forward to working with Sigma Labs to develop a suite of software tools for metal powder bed fusion AM. We believe the opportunity for comparing 3DSIM predictions with Sigma Labs' in-process inspection data will provide game-changing capabilities to AM users. Bringing 3DSIM’s modeling capabilities together with Sigma Labs' IPQA technology will help overcome the single biggest hurdle to wide-scale adoption of additive manufacturing – qualification of AM-produced parts.”

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