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Phase3D releases True Layer Thickness toolkit

Measuring the quantity, in microns, of metal powder spread across the build area - certifying uniform distribution of every layer of every build

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Phase3D, a Chicago-based company commercializing in-situ monitoring for additive manufacturing, has launched its True Layer Thickness toolkit for measuring the quantity, in microns, of metal powder spread across the build area – certifying uniform distribution for every layer of every build. The innovation sets a new standard in inspection for metal powder bed fusion (PBF), providing a new in-situ monitoring toolkit for production scale AM.

Regulated industries like aerospace, medical, and energy, seek to advance AM to meet critical use applications through in-situ monitoring to reach born-certified parts. Phase3D has worked with a prominent aerospace company to develop the True Layer Thickness toolkit – addressing a critical need to ensure high-quality part production.

Phase3D releases True Layer Thickness toolkit - measuring the quantity, in microns, of metal powder spread across the build area.
True Layer Thickness records the uniformity and amount of powder distributed across the build area. The data, visualized in 3D (left) is created using Fringe structured light in-situ monitoring system (right).

Key aspects of Phase3D’s True Layer Thickness include objective data, with True Layer Thickness using patented Fringe in-situ monitoring technology to create quantifiable measurements, in microns, of how much powder is spread during the metal PBF process; precision and consistency – ensuring precise inspection of the amount of deposited metal powder for every layer of every build; industrial solutions tailored to the challenges of industrial manufacturing – addressing the requirements for industrial applications beyond aerospace, including defense, energy, medical, and more; and seamless integration seamlessly with Phase3D’s existing in-situ monitoring system, with Fringe being compatible with most metal AM machines to support product development to production.

“We are pleased to introduce True Layer Thickness. This new toolkit underscores our commitment to advancing AM for the benefit of widespread adoption of the technology for critical use applications,” said Dr. Niall O’Dowd, CEO and Founder of Phase3D.

Last year, Phase3D was awarded a two-year, $1.25M US Air Force contract to develop a quality inspection system for cold spray AM (CSAM).

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