- 3D metal printing for aviation industry forecast to surge into serial production in this decade
- SGLB is only provider of in-process, quality-assurance software that offers in-process solutions to primary industry roadblocks
- 3D printing is increasingly adopted at all levels of aviation industry through pressure by tier-1 suppliers such as GE Aviation, Rolls Royce and Honeywell
Opportunities in 3D metal printing for the aviation space are forecast to exceed $7 billion within the next decade (http://nnw.fm/6ar0D) as the industry moves past the prototype phase and scales to its full profit potential. Sigma Labs Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) is the only provider of quality-assurance software that aims to remove remaining impediments to profitability by solving in-process, quality-control issues.
Also referred to as additive manufacturing, the 3D metal printing process produces three-dimensional objects by sintering metals layer by layer through the use of computer-aided design (CAD) files. Variances in the additive manufacturing process prevent consistent quality and often result in rejected output during post-production inspections. Through its PrintRite3D(R) brand, SGLB is positioning itself as the go-to provider of solutions that promise to eliminate inefficiencies, save time and allow the industry to profitably scale.
Driven by large aviation-parts players such GE Aviation, Rolls Royce and Honeywell, the use of additive manufacturing is increasingly being adopted at all levels of the industry through pressure by these tier-1 suppliers. As more companies seek to leverage this opportunity, demand for innovative solutions promising to save time, refine the production process and prevent rejected output continues to increase.
As the sole provider of quality-control solutions, SGLB provides software that addresses these critical issues in two ways: first, by enabling real-time, in-process detection of manufacturing irregularities, and second, through the provision of error reporting that provides operators with critical, actionable information that enables them to address any developing anomalies during the production process. Since manufacturers currently cannot tell if design specifications are met until the end of the production process, SGLB’s software potentially reduces the rejected output and postproduction inspection times by allowing operators to monitor manufacturing in real time.
Founded by a team of Los Alamos National Labs scientists and engineers in 2010, Sigma Labs first operated as a developer of commercially licensed, advanced metallurgical products before entering the 3D-metal-printing space. Forecasting high demand for quality-control solutions in this area, the company has since focused on creating products and services geared toward highly demanding, precision-dependent companies in the aerospace, defense, transportation, oil and gas, and biomedical industries.
SGLB’s global client base includes many tier-1 OEM enterprises and end users, including Airbus, Baker Hughes and Pratt & Whitney. With current 3D metal industry annual revenues estimated at more than $1.4 billion, the addition of quality-assurance software to the commercial 3D-metal-printing industry is expected to help the industry toward its forecast growth to $3.9 billion by 2023. Referred to by many as the fourth industrial revolution, additive manufacturing has tremendous potential, assuming a primary impediment for scaling and profitability – quality control – can be overcome. SGLB is positioning itself as the premier provider of innovative software solutions that address this demand.
For more information about Sigma Labs, please visit www.SigmaLabsInc.com
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