Inkbit Vista 3D Printing System Offers Vision-Controlled Jetting Solution

Developed at MIT, this highly automated 3D printing system features closed-loop feedback control, multimaterial printing capabilities and low cost-per-part for final part production.


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Inkbit Vista features a Vision-Controlled Jetting (VCJ) solution.

Inkbit Vista features a Vision-Controlled Jetting (VCJ) solution.

Inkbit Vista is a first-of-its-kind, closed-loop feedback additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem with a platform based on scalable inkjet deposition and 3D machine vision. Developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the system features a Vision-Controlled Jetting (VCJ) solution and multimaterial design software which enables manufacturers to bridge the gap between prototyping and full-scale production.

The VCJ solution takes AM to production by enabling real-time, in-process, voxel-level control to meet the reliability and performance demands of volume manufacturing, the company says. The technology converges advanced computational techniques with a scalable hardware architecture and materials chemistries to enable exceptionally low cost-per-part for final part production.

VCJ makes it possible to develop end-use products with high-performance polymers by optimizing in real time for accurate and reliable prints. It enables 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.

The VCJ also simplifies and automates the full workflow. VCJ enables simple, fast and nonhazardous postprocessing of parts, and reduces costs associated with lost materials, labor and equipment. Inkbit’s technology can also integrate directly into existing manufacturing systems. With fully automated production, manufacturers can significantly reduce cost-per-part and more efficiently scale production.

Combining resin 3D printing precision with production-grade materials enables manufacturers to move beyond prototyping. Until now, many precise 3D printing technologies have required the use of certain undesirable materials which can make parts brittle and weak over time. Inkbit’s technology enables the complete removal of these materials (acrylates and methacrylates) from the process, which opens up a new field of high-quality and long-lasting part, the company says.