3D printing company Sigma Labs has installed one of its additive manufacturing (AM) machines at Northwestern University in the US to develop its quality assurance technology for directed energy deposition (DED).

A beta version of its PrintRite3D DED system will be installed onto a customized open-architecture DED system at Northwestern's Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory (AMPL). Sigma Labs reports that it is seeking additional commercial DED machine manufacturers to expand the beta testing program.

‘OEM's have seen an increase in demand of the directed energy deposition machine ranging from high-level R&D projects to the production of prototype and production parts, many of which are for the aerospace industry,’ said Mark Ruport, CEO. ‘This initiative expands our market opportunity and is the first step in Sigma's strategy to apply our technology across a broad array of additive manufacturing processes.’

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