VELO3D’s Assure quality control dashboard enables engineers to track the quality and progress of Sapphire machines in real-time. (Graphic: Business Wire)

VELO3D’s Assure highlights corrective actions to ensure errors aren’t repeated

CAMPBELL, Calif. — VELO3D recently  released the VELO3D Assure™ Quality Assurance and Control System for its Sapphire® 3D metal printers. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is the first customer to implement Assure.

Assure is a quality control system that detects and flags process anomalies. It highlights corrective actions that are required to ensure errors aren’t repeated, and it provides real-time traceability of part quality. It decreases variation and provides documentation to speed validation of printed parts, according to a release from VELO3D.

“Assure is a revolutionary quality-control system, an inherent part of the VELO3D end-to-end manufacturing solution for serial production,” said Benny Buller, founder and CEO of VELO3D, in a statement. “Assure is part of our vision to provide an integrated solution to produce parts by additive manufacturing with successful outcomes.”

In addition to its Assure system, VELO3 (www.velo3D.com) has developed Flow™ print-preparation software that works with its Sapphire printers.

Stratasys Direct began working with VELO3D on Assure testing soon after it acquired a Sapphire printer in 2019. Stratasys Direct implemented Assure to identify variations and anomalies in the production of parts on several builds. Throughout the study, Stratasys Direct accessed Assure’s dashboard and sophisticated algorithms to monitor the integrity of the builds, validate the bulk material density, observe ongoing process metrics, and verify the calibration of the system across multiple production runs.

These trials and results were said to have confirmed the capabilities of the software, and were documented in a whitepaper that VELO3D and Stratasys Direct wrote.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing (www.stratasysdirect.com) is a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd., and one of the largest providers of additive (3D printing) and conventional manufacturing services in North America.

“Stratasys Direct has built a culture of continuous improvement that means we are continually setting new standards for our industry on quality,” said Kent Firestone, CEO of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. “We integrated Assure into our quality control workflow because it produces highly actionable insights. The user interface features intuitive graphs and charts that enable us to see and interpret the vast amount of data collected during builds. This information helps our engineers verify the quality of the build each step of the way, and enables them to make quick decisions in the event of an issue. Assure helps us reduce production variation, improve yields, and circumvent anomalies to ensure consistent additive manufacturing.”

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