SLM Solutions, Sigma Additive Team up for QA

The two additive players are combining analytics and quality applications to improve additive output.

(Image source: Sigma Additive Solutions)

(Image source: Sigma Additive Solutions)

Software developer Sigma Additive Solutions Inc. is teaming up with additive machine maker SLM Solutions to standardize in-process quality assurance on SLM’s metal 3D printers.  

The companies plan to use SLM’s open architecture and its SLM.Quality application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate Sigma’s PrintRite3D, a third-party agnostic quality assurance software and analytics solution. 

PrintRite3D detects and classifies defects and anomalies in real-time during the manufacturing process, which will reduce waste, increase yield and shorten cycle times.  

“Our team has been impressed with the way the SLM.Quality solution has contributed to efficient process qualification and part certifications,” said Stephan Kuehr, general manager of European Operations at Sigma. “This is a major step towards establishing a standard for data interchange and advancing the industry towards standards-based quality metrics and analytics.” 

The announcement comes on the heels of Sigma’s launch of software-only quality solutions to support existing and new equipment from original equipment manufacturers. “Built upon our robust PrintRite3D monitoring and analytics technology, we are creating a quality framework for connecting and standardizing distinct sensors and images into a cohesive product suite,” said Jacob Brunsberg, CEO of Sigma.

Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions said combining SLM.Quality with Sigma’s PrintRite3D quality assurance system is a step in providing companies the ability to monitor entire fleets of 3D printers with standard and consistent quality data.