The industrialization of 3D printing continues with the announcement that Sigma Labs Inc., (OTCQB:SGLB) has won a contract from Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT).

Under the contract Sigma Labs will install PrintRite3D software on a 3D Systems’ ProX300 machine, with the potential for multiple system orders as the company ramps up to full serial production.

Mark Cola of Sigma Labs presents at the 2015 Additive World conference. Photo via Additive World.

Mark Cola of Sigma Labs presents at the 2015 Additive World conference. Photo via Additive World.

Solar Turbines manufacture industrial gas turbines for power generation, natural gas compression, and pumping systems. With approximately 8,500 employees, Solar Turbines are leading industrial gas turbine OEM.

The company has over 15,300 Solar Turbine units, operating in 100 countries. Combined this installed base accounts for over 2.4 billion hours of operating experience.

Sigma Labs are the developers of PrintRite3D quality assurance software. The company are also developers of “advanced, in-process, non-destructive quality assurance software for commercial firms worldwide seeking productive solutions for advanced manufacturing.”

Planetary Gears 3D printed using PrintRite3D inspection software. Features the motto "Quality Beyond Inspection" Photo via @Sigmalabsinc on Twitter

Planetary Gears 3D printed using PrintRite3D inspection software. Features the motto “Quality Beyond Inspection” Photo via @Sigmalabsinc on Twitter

Contracts with DARPA and Honeywell Aerospace

As previously reported by 3D Printing Industry, Sigma Labs has recently signed contracts with DARPA and Honeywell Aerospace to advance metal additive manufacturing. Furthermore, a strategic alliance with metal additive manufacturers Morf3D based in El Segundo, California was announced in February 2017.

Speaking about the announcement Mark Cola, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Labs said, “We’re excited to work with Solar Turbines and help them expand their use of additive manufacturing, particularly for power generation components.”

In addition, 3D Systems is one of the largest OEMs of AM equipment worldwide, and this marks a great opportunity for us to showcase our technology on a new machine as well as new industrial applications. By demonstrating our PrintRite3D software to Solar Turbines, we’re expanding Sigma Labs’ customer base and market penetration while continuing to validate our unique capabilities in real world environments. We look forward to working with Solar Turbines as they pursue qualification and production certification for precision metal components using additive manufacturing.

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Featured image via Solar Turbines.

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