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Sigma Labs Joins Aerospace Rocketdyne in Quality Control For Air Force 3D Printed Parts

by • March 14, 2016 • No Comments

sigma-labsWhen leading news of 3D printing develops, it frequently surrounds one company or agency. NASA is assembling a 3D printed rocket engine. Organovo has made 3D printed kidney tissue. What’s not frequently readily apparent, yet, is the fact that these leading innovations are rarely the work of one organization alone. Delve a little bit extra
deeply into any of the big 3D printing stories and you can soon see that every revolutionary invention or project has been created by a network of partnerships and supporting players. There are the material suppliers, the software developers, the financiers – it’s quite odd for one organization to carry the full mass itself.

aerojetrocketdynelogo-304It can in fact be kind of informative to trace your way back through the layers of companies and agencies that create the things that manufacture the news. Take the US Air Force, for example – back in October, they revealed their intention to incorporate 3D printing into as most aspects of their building processes as possible. Shortly after that, they enlisted the services of Aerojet Rocketdyne to define the standards for all 3D printed rocket components. Now Aerojet Rocketdyne (who in addition takes place to be a leading player in NASA’s 3D printed engine development) has introduced another layer by signing a contract with Sigma Labs.

The contract can allow Aerojet Rocketdyne to non-exclusively license Sigma Labs’ PrintRite 3D software applications. The PrintRite3D process was created for the purpose of certifying and verifying the high end and viability of additively manufactured metal parts, and Aerojet Rocketdyne can use it to evaluate and redefine the 3D printed components being used in Air Force building.

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This news comes shortly after Sigma Labs was awarded a massive contract of GE Aviation via America Makes. To extra
tangle the web of partnerships and contracts, Aerojet Rocketdyne has in addition placed a separate order, through the America Makes initiative, for the use of Sigma Labs’ In-Process Quality Assurance (IPQA) software.

afg_040405_019“Working alongside Aerojet Rocketdyne on this Air Force program, as well as with America Makes, allows for Sigma Labs to once aacquire feature the benefits of our one-of-a-kind technology,” said Mark Cola, President and CEO of Sigma Labs. “This is a excellent opportunity for Sigma Labs to acquire extra
exposure inside the aerospace and defense industry, particularly as part of an initiative created to define extra
efficient qualification requirements for 3D-printed rocket components. We appear forward to the rollout of these programs in 2016 and appreciate the trust that both Aerojet Rocketdyne and the U.S. Air Force have placed in Sigma Labs.”

Feeling a bit lost or confused yet? Me too. Trying to follow that 3D printing-related companies, government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations have worked together, for that purposes, resulting in that products, is kind of like playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Additive Manufacturing Industry Edition. (I am totally building my guests play this at my following party.) It does manufacture you realize, yet, that an industry is like an ecoprocess, with all species (or corporations) depending on every other to store the whole process going – in ways that aren’t always immediately visible. Discuss in the Aerospace Rocketdyne Uses PrintRite3D System forum over at 3DPB.com.