Sigma Labs receives DARPA open manufacturing contract

Quality assurance software provider Sigma Labs has received an open-manufacturing contract from Honeywell Aerospace.

Quality assurance software provider Sigma Labs (Santa Fe, NM) has received a contract from Honeywell Aerospace (Phoenix, AZ) as part of a previously announced award with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) for Open Manufacturing (OM) Phase III—Phase I and II were completed in 2014 and earlier in 2016, respectively.

The DARPA OM program's goal is to develop an Integrated Computational Material Engineering (ICME) framework to accurately predict the properties of metal components produced using additive manufacturing. Phase III work is expected to begin before the end of 2016 and run through mid-2018, with a total award value to Sigma Labs of approximately $0.4 million.

"We look forward to working with Honeywell and its team to further demonstrate how our PrintRite3D technology enables rapid manufacturing processes such as laser-based 3D printing for precision metal components," says Mark Cola, Sigma Lab's president and CEO. The company, he says, will show how their software can be a key enabler for developing quality assurance standards for producing metal aerospace components using additive manufacturing.

DARPA created the OM program to lower the cost and speed the delivery of high-quality manufactured goods with predictable performance.

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