Mar 7, 2017 | By Tess

Metal 3D printing specialist Sigma Labs Inc. has received an additional contract from Aerojet Rocketdyne, a California-based rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer. The new contract is a follow-on for a contract that was awarded to Sigma Labs last year to develop advanced quality control measures for 3D printing metal aerospace parts.

Sigma Labs is known for its PrintRite3D software, a proprietary program which allows users to rapidly and affordably certify and qualify metal aerospace parts that have been 3D printed. Last year, the company was awarded two significant contracts with Aerojet Rocketdyne: to help establish standards for qualifying metal 3D printed aerospace components, and to provide its technology to the America Makes 3D printing initiative.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, for its part, was awarded a massive $6 million contract from the U.S. Air Force in 2016 for the development of new standards for liquid-fueled rocket engines—part of the effort to move away from politically undesirable Russian-made aerospace parts, such as the RD-180 engines which are currently used on the Atlas V launch vehicle. Sigma Labs’ technology was evaluated for this massive project.

PrintRite3D, Sigma Labs

Sigma Labs’ new contract with Aerojet Rocketdyne will see the former upgrade its PrintRite3D software with new and more advanced sensors and algorithms. Additionally, under the new contract, Sigma Labs will offer engineering support through complex geometry-specific data analysis, and work together with Aerojet Rocketdyne to “assess and quantify” in-process data variation. At the moment, these are the only disclosed elements of the follow-on contract.

Mark Cola, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Labs, offered a statement about the new contract: “Our longstanding relationship with Aerojet Rocketdyne continues to result in additional work to move additive manufacturing forward, particularly with regard to aerospace and defense applications. We’re pleased that our PrintRite3D software is being recognized as a game changer within the industry, and awards such as this show the increased confidence that customers have in our technology as they mature toward product qualification and process certification. Working together, we can bring advanced solutions to the U.S. Air Force for state-of-the-art component manufacturing.”

Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D software integrates a number of features, including inspection, feedback, data collection, and critical analysis, all of which make certifying and qualifying metal 3D printed aerospace parts fast and efficient. The company has also been awarded notable contracts with companies such as Honeywell Aerospace and Materialise. Recently, Sigma Labs also formed an alliance with metal 3D printing hardware company Morf3D.



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Jay wrote at 3/8/2017 3:53:40 PM:

I agree with Ted J.

Ted J wrote at 3/7/2017 3:52:27 PM:

Tess, I would not characterize SigmaLabs' association with Materialise in the past as a notable contract. So unless you are aware of something upcoming, I would be more inclined to refer to GE Aviation or America Makes as notable contracts awards in addition to Honeywell.

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