This solution is part of the “Supply Chain Resilience package” both companies created to close the gap by joining 3D printing with X-ray computed tomography, also known as CT scanning.
Additive Manufacturing company Desktop Metal and Lumafield, a startup offering an accessible industrial X-ray CT platform, develop a complete solution to help manufacturers quickly and accurately produce high-demand parts.
The solution would be an easy system to scan and 3D print that ambitions to address supply chain disruptions across the country. The solution results from one observation: despite the advantages of AM, manufacturers often lack the right CAD models of their parts.
They rely on thousands or millions of parts, many of which were designed years ago and don’t have associated CAD files. 3D scanning has therefore been proposed as a solution, but it’s limited to capturing exterior part features.
This solution is part of the “Supply Chain Resilience package” both companies created to close the gap by joining 3D printing with X-ray computed tomography.
The combination of these technologies allows manufacturers to scan old parts and reproduce them quickly in a variety of materials using 3D printing.
Lumafield’s CT platform digitizes parts with a series of X-ray images that capture both external and internal features in detail, using powerful cloud-based software to create a 3D model that can be exported as a mesh representation for 3D printing. Desktop Metal’s software and 3D printers can then turn those mesh models back into high-quality metal or polymer parts, making it possible to seamlessly replace legacy manufacturing processes with in-house 3D printing, a press release reads.
“The last two years have been profoundly disruptive, and we cannot expect our supply chains to return to normal,” said Eduardo Torrealba, Co-Founder and CEO of Lumafield. “Fortunately, we now have the technology to seamlessly bring production in-house, taking control of our supply chains and reducing risk.”
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