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PrintRite3D INSPECT

Sigma Labs, Inc. announced it has released Version 3.0.2 of its PrintRite3D INSPECT® In-Process Quality Assurance™ (IPQA®) software. This version of PrintRite3D® is now available for new installations and upgrades to existing customers. This latest release features Sigma Labs’ new and proprietary Thermal Energy Density™ (TED™) In Process Quality Metric™ (IPQM®), setting what the Company views as a new industry standard for quantitatively measuring melt pool and part quality.

Armed with Sigma Labs’ new PrintRite3D INSPECT® Version 3.0.2 software, process engineers will now be able to produce an alloy-specific process map generated using Sigma Labs’ in-process TED™ metric, an industry first. This industry first approach to in-process monitoring is designed to enable rapid process qualification, which Sigma Labs believes will result in increased production yields and faster product to market times.

The Company believes that its IPQA®-based process map, combined with customer-specific post-process quality metric data will become a unique and irreplaceable tool for process engineers looking to rapidly and cost effectively establish operating process windows within the larger process map. The new version of PrintRite3D INSPECT® also provides a complete production-level package of statistical process control (SPC) software apps, which digitally supports serial production quality monitoring at a build, part, layer or scan level, thereby ensuring continuous operation within the qualified processing window.

“We are thrilled to achieve this milestone in our development lifecycle as we believe it is a real game-changer for the industry. This release represents a significant step forward towards “closing the loop” in process quality monitoring and control,” said John Rice, Sigma Labs’ CEO.

With the increased precision of Sigma Labs’ digital TED™ melt pool metric and part quality characterization methodology, users will be able to more accurately correlate quantitative melt pool thermal IPQM® data with quantitative post-process quality metric data measured during Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), metallography, or destructive tests. This newest release contains what the Company believes to be the industry’s most comprehensive set of IPQA® analytics algorithms that enable “feature based qualification” through materials and process characterization.

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