CT is a pivotal solution for checking 3D printed parts. The technology looks at the inside of an additively manufactured item in order to determine its imperfections. Such solutions become of paramount importance when one deals with 3D printed parts that feature internal complexity or that are subjected to internal stresses.
Here is the thing, despite their advantages, their adoption remains hindered in the AM industry due to a lack of knowledge and their extensive cost; a problem that startup Lumafield ambitions to address with it Neptune scanner. If you are a regular reader of 3D ADEPT Media, you may have heard about the company’s capabilities through this partnership with Desktop Metal.
With a recently funding of $35 million Series B round, Lumafield ambitions to provide engineers with unparalleled access to its products. The company says the scan time of its desktop CT scanner is now more than 300x faster. This would mean that some scans that ¨took several hours can now run in a minute or less”; an improvement that could foster the adoption of the technology at an industrial level.
“The manufacturing world is changing dramatically. Manufacturers are confronted with an increasingly competitive marketplace, radical shifts in supply chains, and ever-higher customer expectations. My experience leading Protolabs gives me an appreciation for the positive impact technology can have on manufacturing. Lumafield offers a technology, a team, and a perspective that promise to reshape the way products are made. I’m very excited to work with Lumafield to realize its vision,” said Lumafield board member Victoria Holt, former CEO of Protolabs.
At the heart of the CT Scanning’s capabilities, there is an AI-powered Voyager software. According to the company, it would need fewer x-rays to achieve the same results of other scanners – not to mention that AI also makes it possible to use less data to obtain high quality 3D models, saving time and money.
The product works by capturing a series of X-ray images on the Neptune scanner, which is fed into the Voyager software. The software thereafter creates a highly detailed 3D reconstruction showing the external and internal makeup of the product.
The products are available are a starting price of $3,000 monthly.
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