Inkbit, a company that built the first 3D printer driven by vision-based feedback control, announced Inkbit Vista, its Additive Manufacturing System. This closed-loop feedback 3D printing ecosystem platform is based on scalable inkjet deposition and 3D machine vision.
Inkbit Vista includes the proprietary Vision-Controlled Jetting system and multi-material design software, enabling manufacturers to bridge the gap between prototyping and full-scale production.
Vision-Controlled Jetting (VCJ) enables real-time, in-process voxel-level control to meet the reliability and performance demands of volume manufacturing. This technology combines computational techniques with a scalable hardware architecture and materials chemistries. VCJ was developed at MIT and is protected by a strong IP portfolio exclusively licensed to Inkbit.
VCJ makes it possible to develop end-use products with high-performance polymers by:
• Optimizing in real-time for accurate and reliable prints. Inkbit’s proprietary vision system allows the system to capture voxel-by-voxel 3D scan data of the print process at high-speed, modifying each layer in real-time to ensure a perfect print.
• Simplifying and automating the full workflow. Vision-Controlled Jetting reduces post-processing of parts and lowers the costs associated with lost materials, labor, and equipment. Inkbit’s technology can also integrate directly into existing manufacturing systems.
• Combining resin 3D printing precision with production-grade materials to move beyond prototyping. Inkbit’s technology removes the need for acrylate and methacrylate materials, opening the field for higher quality and longer-lasting parts.
Inkbit was spun out of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT in 2017 and has since raised $15 million in equity investments from world-class investors such as Stratasys, DSM Venturing, Ocado, 3M, IMA and Saint-Gobain. Inkbit also received significant funding from DARPA and NSF for the development of its core technology and applications in the medical field.
Inkbit Vista is available for pre-order today.