The award is for Sigma Labs’ proprietary in-process quality assurance (IPQA) system for monitoring AM and 3D printing.  

"This project addresses the need for the development of a commercially available, platform-independent quality assurance technology for high-volume AM production of aerospace components, which technology is currently lacking within the industry,” said a spokesperson from America Makes

Public investment

"We were very pleased by the quality of the projects proposed by our members for this second round of additive manufacturing R&D projects being launched, which of course made the final selection process even more challenging,” said America Makes director and NCDMM vice president Ed Morris. “Combined with the projects underway from our first project call, we will soon have nearly US$30 million of public and private funds invested in advancing the state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing in the United States." 

Sigma Labs expects to generate up to US$750,000 in revenues over the next 18 months from this project.   

General Electric Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace, and Aerojet Rocketdyne has also been awarded projects.