Inkbit, the company that built the first 3D printer with visual feedback control, has announced the launch of its additive manufacturing system with Inkbit Vista. The first closed-loop, feedback-loop 3D printing ecosystem revolutionizes traditional design and manufacturing methods with a platform based on scalable inkjet deposition and 3D image processing.
Inkbit uses a proprietary 3D scanning system to create a topographic map of each layer after deposition. Deviations from the expected geometry are corrected in subsequent planes. This data is also used to train a machine learning algorithm that allows the printer to learn the properties of each material and anticipate its behavior to ensure parts are built quickly and accurately every time. By scanning per shift, Inkbit can also create a full 3D reconstruction of every printed part, thus providing a full digital record of every print, ensuring 100% quality control on every part.
Inkbit Vista offers the proprietary vision-controlled jetting solution and multi-material design software that enables manufacturers to bridge the gap between prototyping and mass production.
Vision-Controlled Jetting (VCJ) brings additive manufacturing into production by enabling real-time control at the voxel level to meet the reliability and performance requirements of high-volume manufacturing. This technology converges advanced computer techniques with a scalable hardware architecture and material chemistry to which established companies have no access. VCJ was developed at MIT and is protected by a strong IP portfolio licensed exclusively to Inkbit.
VCJ enables the development of end-use products with high-performance polymers through:
– Real-time optimization for accurate and reliable prints. Inkbit’s proprietary vision system enables the system to capture voxel-by-voxel 3D scan data of the printing process at high speed and change each layer in real time to ensure a perfect print.
– Simplification and automation of the entire workflow. Vision-Controlled Jetting enables simple, fast and safe post-processing of parts and reduces the costs of material, labor and equipment losses. Inkbit’s technology can also be integrated directly into existing manufacturing systems. With fully automated production, manufacturers can significantly reduce the cost per part and scale production more efficiently.
– Combining the precision of resin 3D printing with production quality materials to go beyond prototyping. To date, the most precise 3D printing technologies have required the use of certain undesirable materials that make parts brittle and weak over time. Thanks to Inkbit technology, these materials, known as acrylates and methacrylates, can be completely removed, opening up a new field of high-quality and durable parts.
“We are excited to bring Inkbit’s Additive Manufacturing System to market and offer a unique, fast-paced 3D printing solution to companies wishing to adopt digital manufacturing,” said Davide Marini, Co-Founder and CEO of Inkbit. “Nowadays engineers often use 3D printing technology to make prototypes, but material constraints and high costs make it difficult to manufacture end products. At Inkbit, it is our mission to destroy that thought and develop a technology that provides fast printing capabilities with unmatched design freedom and reliability for even the most demanding applications and environments. “
Spun off from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in 2017, Inkbit has since raised $ 15 million in equity investments from world-class investors including Stratasys, DSM Venturing, Ocado, 3M, IMA and Saint-Gobain. Inkbit has also received significant funding from DARPA and NSF for the development of its core technology and medical applications.
In addition to having financial ties to the company, some of Inkbit’s investors also want to implement Inkbit’s technology in their own business. According to Tim Steiner, CEO and Executive Director of the Ocado Group, “We are working very closely with Inkbit on some of our own future developments that will enable some really fantastic transformational progress.”
For more information: www.inkbit3d.com
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